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171 December 31st, 2016 On-Air On-Soaps Names The Best and Worst In Soaps 2016!

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As 2016 comes to a close, we took a look back with our annual list of the Best and Worst in Soaps!  

As it does every year, On-Air On-Soaps take this opportunity to pay tribute to the tremendous work of the talented men and women in front of the camera and behind the scenes, whose tireless efforts in the grind of producing and acting in this genre’s quickly-shot format is always astounding.  It is also something to be admired for the sheer volume of material that is churned out in such shorter order.  But of course, in addition to naming the best moments and performances of the year, there were several not so stellar moments, characters, storylines, and more that get the dubious honor of some of our “Worst’s”.

So with that said; we give you our Best and Worst in Soaps 2016!  As you will read, we tried to dissect the calendar year on your favorite daytime drama through our various categories.  While we know many of you have your own picks and choices, and may disagree or agree with our picks, we encourage you to let us know your thoughts as well.  And most of all, respect everyone’s opinions, as you wish them to respect yours.

Finally, we want to wish our wonderful community of site visitors and fans, a healthy, prosperous, and exciting New Year!  It is all of you with your unbridled passion and devotion to the soap genre itself, that root for the characters and performers you love or love to hate, which make this such a special and unique medium that we share.

So here we go … the Best and Worst in Soaps 2016! And with that… we’re outta here 2016!

BEST SOAP

General Hospital

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In a year that was lackluster on all four daytime dramas, it was ABC’s General Hospital’s last six months of the year that for us were the most watchable of 2016.  With its All-Stars given emotional material to shine, and some five-hankie arcs, ala the death of Morgan Corinthos, GH brought the drama, and also had some fun in May with their annual Nurses’ Ball production.

SOAPMAKERS OF THE YEAR 

Frank Valentini, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante – General Hospital

The trio behind GH took our annual top honors for executive producer and head writers by mixing emotional stories, working in beloved veterans, and getting parts of the show on track after a not-so-great 2015.   Read the interview with the honorees here.

BEST SOAP PRODUCTION VALUES

The Bold and the Beautiful

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Class act all the way is how best to describe this formidable CBS Daytime treasure.  The attention to detail, those montages, remotes, the set designs, the fashion shows, the music, and even their holiday episodes, once again illustrates that everyone associated from: behind the scenes personnel, to the crew, to the cast, knows how to do things right.

MOST INCONSISTENT SOAP

Days of our Lives

Last year, DAYS tied with B&B for our Best Soap.  However, in 2016, DAYS would on one hand have fans on the edge of your seats, and in the next, it would hit the doldrums. Often it was hard to get through an episode, because you wanted to see the “A”, story, but so much filler seemed to be in the way to get back to the most intriguing material and story.

MOST HOPEFUL SOAP FOR 2017

The Young and the Restless

It wasn’t a banner year for the juggernaut that is Y&R as their EP and head writer left the building amidst a Genoa City crying for someone to return it to its glory days.  Within the year though, there were some glorious performances delivered by the A-list cast.  Enter new head writer Sally Sussman during December’s air shows.   Now, the future looks promising for Y&R in 2017.

BEST PRIMETIME SOAP 

Empire

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While Empire was losing some of its audience in its third season, it’s hard to beat: the fierce Cookie Lyon, her mentally ill son, Andre, and her singing sensations son, Jamal, who was hooked on painkillers!  Dysfunctional family soap at its best!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Billy Flynn – Days of our Lives

Whether it be “renovating” the DiMera Mansion by having a meltdown upon the news of his beloved Abigail’s “death”, or talking to his “dead” father Stefano DiMera, or being reunited with Abigail now that she revealed herself to be alive, and everything in between, Flynn is the breakout star of the soaps, a bad boy leading man, and a bright future awaits!

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A STORYLINE

Jason Thompson –Billy’s out-of-body-experience – The Young and the Restless

How would Jason Thompson do taking over the central role of Billy Abbott, after Y&R’s several attempts to replace Billy Miller went awry?  The answer came in an acting tour de force in Thompson’s first talking appearance in an episode, when Billy while laying in a coma and has an out-of-body experience, and sees what it would be like if he wasn’t around.  It was quite an accomplishment to come in out of the gate, and deliver one of the most memorable performances of the year amongst the fierce Emmy-Award winning cast.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Laura Wright – General Hospital

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If there was any question that Wright is one of the premiere actresses ever in daytime, one needs to look no further than her body of work throughout 2016.  However, the utimate performances came when Carly tried to process the tragedy that took her son Morgan from her life.  Scene after scene, episode after episode, no one played grief-stricken mom like Wright.  Laura pours 110% into everything she tackles, and it shows, and we, the audience, experienced raw emotion at its finest.

BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE

Kate Mansi – Days of our Lives – Abigail sets fire to Ben

Kate Mansi turned in a tour de force performance as Abigail’s grip on reality is shattered:  She ties up Killer Ben, pours lighter fluid over him, makes him bleed and suffer as she exacts revenge for kidnapping her in the first place!  But, wait!  We learn she hallucinated the entire thing, and has gone crazy.  Standing ovation for the powerhouse that is Ms. Mansi!

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A STORYLINE BY AN ACTESS

Nancy Lee Grahn – General Hospital – Alexis downward spiral

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Starting from being drugged before taking the witness stand at Julian’s trial, and stammering her way through her testimony, to her dependence on booze, to having her entire world crumble around her, Nancy Lee Grahn has not had this type of material to shine for years, and she is hitting it out of the park throughout this on-screen journey.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTOR

Wiliam deVry – General Hospital

Will brought back Julian’s dark side, and we have always said since he played All My Children’s Michael Cambias, no one plays steely, contained, treachery better than deVry.  Not to mention juxtaposing this bad boy’s emotional heart.  Just look at deVry’s recent scenes at Christmastime with Nancy Lee Grahn, and you can see his undeniable range.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Rena Sofer – The Bold and the Beautiful

Cray-Cray Quinn had a memorable year on B&B!  First, she kidnaps Liam and makes him believe she is his wife. Next, she somehow manages to escape being sent to prison for what she did, and then ends up having an affair with Eric Forrester and then marrying him. This girl gets around!  But isn’t it delicious fun watching Rena Sofer strut her stuff?

BEST PERFORMANCE IN PRIMETIME SOAP — FEMALE

Taraji P. Henson – Empire

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As Cookie Lyon, any mother that knows how to clean out plumbing pipes to extract painkillers to give to her son so he can perform on stage, and then after he gets off stage delivers to him a shocking intervention that sends him to rehab, gets our nod.  Henson is 100% fearless in this role.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN PRIMETIME SOAP — MALE

Jonathan Jackson –Nashville

Was there anything more heartbreaking than the final moments of the season four Nashville cliffhanger on ABC, when Avery and baby Cadence are waiting to be reunited with Juliette, and learn her flight disappeared?  Jackson played that beat, and all other beats of a solo dad, while the woman he loves battles postpartum depression to perfection throughout the season.  Oh, and he sang along the way, too!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SOAP ICON – MALE

Eric Braeden – Y&R and Maurice Benard – GH

It was a banner year for both the current long-running icons of The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital. Both Eric Braeden, and Maurice Benard delivered some of their best performances in 2016 in their entire soap careers.  Interestingly enough, both Victor and Sonny lost their sons, Adam and Morgan respectively, and these two stalwarts played it all to the hilt.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SOAP ICON – FEMALE

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Jane Elliot – General Hospital

The queen! How great was it to see Elliot have major story when Tracy suffered seizures, almost died, had a come-to-Jesus moment with Monica, and became extremely fond of Hayden and Finn?  Jane Elliot is divine.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A GUEST ARC FEMALE

Ximena Duque – Blanca- Days of our Lives

We love sexy and sassy Ximena Duque, who was quite the scene-stealer during her short time on DAYS.  It’s just too bad Blanca’s story wasn’t written as well as it could have been.  It is no wonder why Duque is a Telenovela star.  She has ‘’star quality’.

BEST PERFORMANCE INA GUEST ARC MALE

Ingo Rademacher – Jasper Jacks- General Hospital.

Beloved Ingo popped back into Port Charles twice in 2016, but it was his last visit comforting Carly, and his concern for his friend Alexis, that showed that if he ever was back on the GH full-time, any leading lady would be lucky to work with this guy.

BEST WEDDING and MONTAGE

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Robin and Patrick’s Wedding- General Hospital

It aired right after the first of the year – but even though it was a shotgun wedding – and even though it was rushed in order to get Jason Thompson over to Y&R to begin his life in Genoa City – nothing brought out the hankies more than watching Patrick, Robin, Anna, and Emma all together one last time.  And then … that Scrubs montage.  Hankie-time!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTOR

Bryan Craig – General Hospital and James Lastovic – Days of our Lives

Bryan Craig’s performance as a bipolar Morgan Corinthos wanting to end his life by jumping off the roof of a hospital, could not have been more riveting, and is one of the must-see moments of the soaps in 2016.  It was punch-to-the gut, not to mention his final weeks of scenes that led up to his death as he spiraled out of control thanks to Ava Jerome.  On the converse, James Lastovic showed he can play a young man’s growing pains, put in the most horrific of circumstances such as: snuffing out Ava Vitali with a pillow, going on the run, and then getting his girlfriend pregnant, all the while wanting his mother and father to reunite so they can all be a family again. Nicely played.  Interesting that both Bryan and James had storylines with women named “Ava”!

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNGER ACTRESS

Hayley Erin – General Hospital

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At first, it seemed that Kiki would be just be a bore, but now with Erin being given some material to showcase her chops, she has hit some home runs, especially in scenes following the death of Morgan, and her budding romance with Dillon, and that nasty confrontation with Carly.

BEST OVERALL PERFORMANCE CHILD PERFORMER

Alyvia Alyn Lind – The Young and the Restless

Is Alyvia really 20-year- old?  Her acting chops are well beyond her years!  And whether you are one of those that are annoyed by Faith Newman, or love her, Lind certainly has had some airtime to showcase her talents.

CUTEST PERFORMANCES BY CHILD PERFORMERS

Brooklyn Rae Silzer – The Nurses Ball – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with Wally Kurth

Hudson West – The Nurses Ball – ““This Changes Everything” with Roger Howarth

If you didn’t enjoy the cuteness in these performances from Brooklyn and Hudson, you missed out!  And, their scene partners Kurth and Howarth were fantastic, too.

BEST NEWCOMER MALE

Anthony Turpel as R. J. Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

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When Anthony Turpel came on to the canvas as the SORAS’d son of Brooke and Ridge, the show needed to have a young actor who could hold his own with heavy hitters Thorsten Kaye, and Katherine Kelly Lang.  They found him and it worked.

BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE

Marci Miller – Days of our Lives

Taking over the role of Abigail from dynamo Kate Mansi was no easy feat.  But Miller has brought her own take to the role, very different than Mansi’s, and is soaring with it, and the fans have been taken with her, too!

BEST RECAST

Jason Thompson as Billy Abbott – The Young and the Restless

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The mighty Thompson taking on the role of Billy Abbott has been a delight to watch.  Jason made Billy unapologetic, smart, flawed, sexy, and a guy who lives life on the edge.  Y&R is utilizing Thompson to its fullest, and the audience is has bought in.

BEST TEMPORARY RECAST

Nick Stabile as Nikolas Cassasdine – General Hospital

When Tyler Christopher suddenly left GH, the shows creative’s were left having to figure out what to do at the last minute!  Enter soap vet Nick Stabile, but what we didn’t know is how good he would be in the role, and that chemistry with Maura West … was off the charts, too!

BEST VILLAIN

George DelHoyo – Orpheus – Days of our Lives

The super-villains taking Salem hostage was one of the more fun stories to watch on DAYS in 2016.  Because of it, we got to see one of the classic all-time villains re-emerge in Orpheus, played once again to the hilt by glorious George D.

BEST VILLAINESS

Elizabeth Bogush – The Young and the Restless

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Bogush played creepy Dr. Anderson so well that you were almost afraid to watch what she would do next.   Elizabeth played every steely beat of this revenge-filled horrific plot by stealing Sage’s baby, then, handing it over to Sharon and making her believe she was pregnant. She then drives Patty Williams further insane, until she got stabbed in the back and died!  All of this because of “Sandy’s” unresolved feelings for good ole’ Nick Newman.

BEST DROP-THE-MIC MOMENT

Genie Francis – Laura rails at Valentin for killing Nikolas – General Hospital

When Laura unleashed her anger and spewed venom and horror at Valentin for murdering her son Nikolas while on Cassadine Island, GH fans collective mouths were agape!  Genie Francis delivered the most guttural performance of the year as a grieving mother who lashes out at the man who murdered her son. Francis showed us why she is the icon in just a few sentences of work.  Amazing!

BEST GOODBYE

Adam and Victor in the cabin say goodbye to one another for the last time – The Young and the Restless

Two titans at their finest:  When Victor decided to help prisoner-on-the-run Adam get away and start a new life, and leave everyone and everything behind, and get rid of the Newman name forever after he caused his son so much pain, it was a pivotal moment between the two characters.  But when Eric Braeden welled up with tears, and later as Victor puts his hand on his son’s shoulder and Adam touches it, it was just a major hankie-inducing moment.  Kudos to Braeden and Hartley.

MOST TOUCHING USE OF A FLASHBACK

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Jill recalls her final moments with Katherine – The Young and the Restless

Any time we can see the one and only Jess Walton as Y&R’s Jill is a good day for us.  In this small but tender and touching moment, Jill recalls Katherine the last time she saw her at the Chancellor Mansion and thus we all took a moment to recall Jeanne Cooper.  Jill has been pissed at Billy for turning Katherine’s house blue, so he finally gets it right with the paint color, “Forget me not, yellow”

BEST EPISODE:

Y&R’s 11,000th episode

Of any episode of 2016, it was the highly-anticipated, and highly promoted Y&R11K that delivered and lived up to the hype.  From Chloe’s return with a dart gun to paralyze and finish off Adam once and for all, to the final moments where Adam is blown to smithereens as Nick and Chelsea go back to get him, to Neil seeing his alcoholic dying mother for the first time in years, to Lee Phillp Bell (the co-creator of the series) appearing in the episode and more – it was an emotional, and shocking rollercoaster ride for viewers, and you could not ask for more than that.

BEST STORYLINE:

The Death of Morgan Corinthos – General Hospital

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As we have previously stated, this story had all the hallmarks of great soap storytelling, using a tragic accident that took the life of a core family member to the show, and illustrating the different stages and complexities of how each member deals with grief, anger, sorrow, and more.  All of the actors from: Bryan Craig, Laura Wright, Maurice Benard, Chad Duell, Dominic Zamprogna, Lexi Ainsworth gave us moments as the family remembers their son or their brother, and let’s not forget about the incredible work of Maura West, whose selfish act started the ball rolling for Morgan’s eventual demise.

WORST STORYLINE

Paul and the Hospital Serial Killer – General Hospital

Random patients were being killed at “General Hospital”.  No one knew who the culprit was.  The audience couldn’t get invested because no main character perished, and killing Sabrina didn’t do the trick.  In the end, it was revealed that DA Paul Hornsby was the serial killer and he did it all because of his catatonic daughter, Susan.  Ill-conceived plot.

MOST CONVOLUTED STORYLINE

John Black is Yo Ling’s son, and a Robicheaux – Days of our Lives

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What was the point of this story turn for the convoluted history of John Black’s parentage? Enter Maude Robicheaux and Tim (a.k.a. Yo Ling).  John is held captive by Yo Ling, who is spouting on about the 38th parallel and is very, very sick with … Topits disease.  This was an unsatisfying and unnecessary twist in the long history for soaps version of Jason Bourne.

MOST UNCESSARY STORYLINE

Ciara is raped by Chase – Days of our Lives

Was it really necessary to have Ciara raped by troubled Chase?  There was little buildup to this moment, and it was being portrayed by two young actors, who the audience barely had gotten to know, and didn’t really care about in the first place.  The shock value of this was a major turn-off to DAYS viewers.

BEST TEARJERKER

The Death of Morgan Corinthos

From Carly finding out her son perished, to Sonny’s admission at the funeral, to Sonny on the bridge with Robin about to end his life, to grieving brothers: Dante and Michael, it all was hankie-inducing!  Not to mention Bryan Craig’s performance before his tragedy happens as Morgan is having a horrific manic episode … thanks Ava!

BEST WRITING

General Hospital

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In a year that was uneven for all four soaps in the scripting department, GH stood out via stories surrounding Morgan Corinthos and his struggle with bipolar disorder, and the tragedies surrounding it.

MOST RIVETING PERFORMANCE BY ON-SCREEN BROTHERS

Justin Hartley and Joshua Morrow (Adam and Nick) – The Young and the Restless

As Adam realizes he is not getting out of the slammer, he tells his half-brother Nick to look after his son Connor, and his wife Chelsea for him, especially if something happens to him. Both Justin Hartley and Joshua Morrow played this beat with the emotional weight between two brothers who never have seen eye-to-eye, but when the chips are down, they bond.

MOST RIVETING PERFORMANCE BY ON-SCREEN SISTERS

Heather Tom and Katherine Kelly Lang (Katie and Brooke) – The Bold and the Beautiful

Katie gave Brooke the royal kiss-off, ala ‘The Godfather’, after she realizes that Brooke and Bill are in love with each other again.  It was a bravura performance from Tom and Lang.

MOST PREPOSTEROUS PLOT TWIST

The introduction of the character of Summer – Days of our Lives

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Summer is a vision on a beach that Brady is conjuring post-receiving Daniel’s heart via a transplant.  Somehow this leads Brady to a beach in California where he finds “said” woman about to drown herself in the ocean.  Heroic Brady saves her. And if that is not bad enough, it turns out that good girl Maggie had sex on the farm where she grew up, and got pregnant and gave her daughter away many, many years ago.  In four decades, the character never mentioned it.  And you got it!  Maggie is Summer’s mom.  Enough said.

BIGGEST TREND

Liquored Up Leading Ladies

From GH’s Alexis, to B&B’s Katie, to Y&R’s Nikki, it was a booze fest for the divas of daytime, as these characters couldn’t resist staring at a bottle of vodka, or wine, and guzzling it down.

MOST SHOCKING TWIST

Eric is revealed to be in bed with Quinn – The Bold and the Beautiful

Raise your hand if you saw this one coming!  We didn’t.  A great shocker in the tradition of B&B: villainess Quinn bedding the patriarch of the Forrester clan.  When we first saw it, we thought, “Oh, no.  Not an Eric doppelganger.”  But we happily found out, this was Eric indeed, and he was having the time of his life with naughty Quinn!

BEST RETURN

Judith Chapman – The Young and the Restless

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Glorious Gloria!  That entrance on the Christmas Eve episode of Y&R delighted so many longtime viewers that we are just so thankful to see her.  And, Chapman is in top form as ever spewing bards and driving the Fisher/Baldwin boys to drink!

WORST RETURN

Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Joe – General Hospital

What was the point of bringing fan favorite Parise back as Joe Rivera, the twin of hit man Carlos?  Guess it was to get Sabrina’s baby off the canvas since Teddy had no ties to Port Charles any more since Sabrina was murdered, and Carlos finally flat lined and was dead … make that really dead this time.

BIGGEST WASTE OF TALENT

Michael E. Knight as Simon Neville, and Eileen Davidson as Ashley Abbott on The Young and the Restless

Knight as a quirky doc with a romance with Ashley, following the whole Hilary cure, was ushered off the canvas.  And with that, fans never got to see Knight shine in the role that was ill conceived.   As for Davidson, why can’t someone write a leading storyline for this Daytime Emmy winning star?  Dumb-founded.

MOST REVITALIZED CHARACTER:

Eric Forrester – The Bold and the Beautiful

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When the bombshell aired that none other than Eric Forrester was having an affair with Quinn Fuller, it was jaw dropping.  But with that, soap treasure John McCook is back with a front-burner storyline that even included Eric feeling betrayed by his family over their non-acceptance of Quinn, which in turn caused him to have a stroke.  So nice to see this beloved veteran and legacy star with a solid story!

MOST OVERUSED CHARACTER:

Deimos Kiriakis – Days of our Lives

While we always love the work of soap vet Vincent Irizarry, since Deimos came on to the canvas, the guy is everywhere, has slept with quite a number of the ladies along the way, and gets so much airtime at the expense of other long-running characters. Not to mention one of the most upsetting plot points of the year: Having Deimos slipping Maggie a drug that caused her to become crippled again!  No one wanted to see poor Maggie go through that ordeal again.

CHARACTER WE COULDN’T WAIT TO SEE LEAVE THE CANVAS

Summer – Days of our Lives

See “Most Preposterous plot twist” and you know why we couldn’t wait for the character to leave.  No fault of soap vet Marie Wilson (Ex-Summer).

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE BY A CAST

Daniel Dies, and Brady Gets His Heart – Days of our Lives

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DAYS was on fire at the beginning of 2016, when the car crash involving: Brady, Daniel and Jennifer caused such dramatic moments and performances that it was must-watch TV.  Standouts included: Suzanne Rogers, Eric Martsolf, Greg Vaughan, and Melissa Reeves, and more.

The Death of Morgan Corinthos – General Hospital

Once again, the members of the Corinthos clan, and the rest of the cast delivered moment after moment in this heavy-dramatic turn that should be remembered come Emmy time.

BEST DECISION

Michael Easton is hired back at General Hospital in new role

Bringing back fan favorite Michael Easton to General Hospital following his unceremoniously being killed-off the year before as not fully-realized character Silas Clay was a clever idea and nice surprise.  It also undid some collateral damage to the show.  Now back on the canvas as Dr. Hamilton Finn, Easton’s quirky take is fresh to watch.

MOST MISSED

Justin Hartley as Adam Newman – The Young and the Restless

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Justin Hartley left daytime to go star on primetime’s hit series, This Is Us.  He is killing it as Kevin Pearson on the dramedy, and he killed at as Adam on Y&R.   Bravo!

MOST CONTINUALLY RUINED CHARACTER

Sharon Newman – The Young and the Restless

For the last several years, we have unfortunately had to enter the name Sharon Newman here.  The role is brilliantly played by Emmy winner Sharon Case, and how she continually delivers great work out of the storylines she is handed; she deserves another Emmy just for that.  But this year, Sharon was saddled with another baby secret, and kept it from her longtime love, Nick Newman.  Sadly, didn’t Sharon do that to Nick once before with another one of his children?  We are all for portraying someone with bipolar disorder, but can Sharon somehow become a bit of the heroine of old, instead of a town pariah?

BEST COUPLE

Eric and Quinn – The Bold and the Beautiful & Chad and Abby – Days of our Lives

When B&B paired Eric and Quinn we thought it would be a quick manipulation of the head of the Forrester clan, and be one and done.  But lo and behold!  This couple has legs, and it’s been fun to watch, and completely unexpected.   As for DAYS Chad and Abby, for the first half of the year, these two star-crossed lovers were torn apart by Abby’s mental illness, but in the process it gave Billy Flynn and Kate Mansi great material to work with, and showcased how well the two clicked on-screen.

MOST BORING COUPLE

Abby and Stitch – The Young and the Restless

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Thankfully, the writers decided to break these two up!  It just didn’t work for us.  Putting in Stitch’s troubled young son, Abby’s miscarriage, and mom Ashley lurking around, nothing made us care.

BEST LOVE TRIANGLE

Brooke/Bill/Katie – The Bold and the Beautiful

As much as we all complained a redo was on the way, this love triangle being re-ignited for the time it did, provided series all-stars: Heather Tom and Katherine Kelly Lang material to sink their teeth into.  In the end, no one ended up with Bill!  Ha!

WORST LOVE TRIANGLE

Shawn/Belle/Phillip – Days of our Lives

The set up of these characters returns were hard to take:  Belle was much more hardened and less the good girl, Phillip, who was then played by John-Paul Lavoisier, was not given great story and at times didn’t fit the bill for this role, and Shawn was first played again by original Shawn, Jason Cook, and then his original replacement, Brandon Beemer.  The one bright note: we thought Beemer did a good job throughout, and it was nice to see Martha Madison on our screens.  A retooling of this trio should be the order of the day since they have so much history with Salem.

MOST TORRID AFFAIR

Billy and Phyllis – The Young and the Restless

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Put Gina Tognoni and Jason Thompson together and what do you have?  FIREWORKS!  Watching these two actors play the undeniable chemistry between Phyllis and Billy was one of the best executed steamy affairs on daytime TV in quite some time.

BEST GUEST-STAR GIMMICK

Celebrity Priests – The Bold and the Beautiful

From Wink Martindale, to Perez Hilton, to Chaz Bono, B&B kept enlisting pop culture figures to suddenly pop up as priests, ministers, etc to wed some of their staple couples.  Who could be next on the list?  Enter in your choice here _________

MOST HEARTBREAKING

The death of daytime icons and performers

2016 will go down as the year so many beloved favorites in the entertainment industry passed away.  Daytime mourned the loss of legendary scribes” Agnes Nixon and Claire Labine, and stars such as: Larkin Malloy, Joseph Mascolo, and so many more.

BIGGEST SOCIAL MEDIA FIRESTORM

Donald Trump’s lewd comments when visiting Days of our Lives during a segment for Access Hollywood

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Unfortunately, Arianne Zucker and DAYS were featured in Donald Trump’s “locker room talk” that caused a massive public outcry prior to him becoming president-elect.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Kimberlin Brown speak at the Republic National Convention

When former soap stars, Sabato Jr., and Brown spoke at the RNC, fans were not holding back their feelings on their decision to speak on behalf of then Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

So, after reviewing our picks, which do you agree with?  Which do you disagree with? What are your thoughts on the Best and Worst in Soaps of 2016?  Were you happy to see some of your favorites receiving our year-end honors?  Share your thoughts in the comment below!  

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  1. Phil says:

    Good choices, though I would have give Marci Miller best recast!

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    Patrick replied

    BEST NEWCOMER FEMALE
    Marci Miller – Days of our Lives

    BEST SINGLE PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A STORYLINE
    Kate Mansi – Days of our Lives – Abigail sets fire to Ben

    i’m 10 days behind in eps… and I”M STILL LOVING Marci Miller… oy! it’s flabbergasting and just a royal treat for fans… to lavish so much praise on this newbie… and recast… and most welcome ACTRESS to launch her career… WELCOME to Hollywood.. Ms. Miller… absolute delight.

    once again… it’s the Chad / Gabs / and ABS SHOW @ DAYS in Salem.

    these three have megawatt REEL… and yes that includes Gabs… she has got to be the cutest actress… EVAH

    i’ll give a new years tip to the ACTORS of DAYS of OUR Lives

    of the 4 remaining serial… DAYS is in a class of it’s own… they have a real cohesive knit group of cast members who prop each other

    even if it is the Hope and Rafe show.

    Kate Mansi
    Marci Miller

    both Abs are to be lauded… thank you thank you thank you ! this gives me and you that much more … Billy Flynn.

    BAM

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    Violet Lemm replied

    If you read the DOOL comment boards, you would see that most people don’t care for Marci Miller. She had a bad start and most of us were really fed up with the so called reunion.

    Judy replied

    Rafe and hope look good together love them together

    Yankee fan replied

    Nick Stabile was the best recast.

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  2. David says:

    General Hospital as the best soap? I don’t really watch the other 3 anymore but GH was just as awful as they were. I would have left that category blank. There was no “Best Soap” this year.

    It’s sad that the bar has been lowered so dramatically. Because there are only 4 soaps left, we still have to pit them against each other. Since there is no great soap on the air anymore, we have to settle for the sludge at the bottom of the barrel.

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    Michael replied

    The guy is entitled to his opinions.

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    Tim S. replied

    i agree.. I watch Days and GH.. it is okay not to give any of them the Best Soap. GH was def not deserving of the Best. Good parts of the soap in 2016, but not the best…..

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    Addison replied

    I also disagree with Mr Fairman on a lot of things but he presents his case so well that he’s given me food for thought. Maybe I should rethink the Morgan story?
    I really did not care for it and it left me dry eyed. and bored as the Sonny and Carly show went on and on like the Duracell Bunny.
    However, yes, Laura Wright pulled in an amazing performance as did Genie Frances. I also agree with Mr Fairman when he says Jason Thompson was on the top of his game playing Billy starring in his own coma dream. I feel JT is really making this role his own and doing a beautiful job.
    I also agree that Y&R is the most promising soap of 2017 and think it’s already off to to a great start.

    Tim S. replied

    Everyone has different views… he was also Spot-on with a few… Happy New Year Everyone!

    JK replied

    DONT SETTLE FOR THE SLUDGE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL.. AS YOU SAY……SIMPLE….DONT WATCH!

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    Yankee fan replied

    You don’t watch the other three, huh? Well, I do.

    GH was the only show that was halfway decent.

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  3. Lauren says:

    Philly is the best thing happened to the show. Hands down!!

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    Yankee fan replied

    Philly = Flithy.

    They were a ratings flop and have been thankfully ditched.

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    Bart replied

    “Philly” was disgusting from the get-go – another terrible hack-job from the stagnant mind of Chuck Pratt, who is LONG GONE!!!

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  4. DM says:

    Disagree with every pick.

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    mark replied

    You can say that again. Nothing on here makes me want to tune in to any of these shows.

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    Tim S. replied

    Come on…. new Abby D.. is not good???????

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    Arlene Long replied

    Totally agree, she is not Abby noway…….

  5. Carrie Nauseda says:

    As a fan of Gh for 43 yrs they have some of the best actors I have seen. Nancy, Maurice, Laura, Jane , Bryan just to name a few were fabulous. As far as Gh on a whole I sadly must disagree. Gh is not what it used to be. Stories are dropped in the middle or dragged out to the point that fans lose interest. There is no continuity in the stores and history is being ignored. Honestly seeing the way they handled the sexual assault this year was quite disappointing. They had a great opportunity to shine a light. Hopefully 2017 will be the year Gh comes back.

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    Anne replied

    TOTALLY AGREE. LOVE GH, but these writers are RUINNING it

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    Carrie Nauseda replied

    Yes these writers do not seem to know what they are doing. They got rid of the mob but let 4 sexual assault s/l going. We didn’t even get our annual Xmas show. J/S? Who are they? I don’t see them anymore. They have dummied down every women on the show. They need to have a hiring freeze also. We want our vets not all these new pple. “Nelle” is on more than our vets. Way too many vets on recurring or just gone. Shameful what they did to Tyler Christopher. not surprising tho they screwed Steve Burton over too. We need Guza desperately.

    Tim S. replied

    Agree!!!!

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  6. su0000 says:

    General Hospital has been absolutely horrible.
    It was overkill depressing and an overkill pity party for Morgan.
    I had the need to FF through all the doom gloom ..
    J&S are stale.
    They are like the green mold on old bread.
    They are like hearing my grandma read recipes.

    Y&R’s best move was to fire J&S to save Y&R, very smart of CBS
    GH’s worst move was to drag J&S in, very stupid of ABC .

    I am lovin Valentin …
    If Anna hurts my man she has to be taken-down.

    One of my 2017 wishes; J&S will disappear from All soaps to save the gender..
    And, that I will restrain myself while flying my drone heh (best Christmas present ever!)

    LONG LIVE OUR SOAPS!
    (especially GH, it will need special prayers, lots of them..

    —– HAPPY NEW YEAR !!
    wishing all –
    good health, peace, love and happiness through 2017 ..
    oooh and hoping everyone will have an exciting adventure !
    live large in 2017..

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    Patrick replied

    “I am lovin Valentin …
    If Anna hurts my man she has to be taken-down. ”

    YES – YES – YES

    I declare with

    it’s the goshdarndestthing : likely the first and only time… I do not want Anna in the way of Valentin

    the magic of Valentin / Nina / Charlotte is just too strong of a pull – lead – and FINE Tune IN… this ready made family is a BLAST

    2ndly: I just roared with Nina spirit and fight as she declared war on Lulu… outside of Maxie bridal suite. LOL Lulu went off as expected… saying she won’t rest till Charlotte is in her clutches

    LOL… I’ve since declared Lulu… Momma smurph

    I can’t stand it… fits of get back… to where you belong… Lulu is far and away no match…. NO MATCH for Nina

    argh! GH – do the right thing… hire Seth Baker … he’s so hot… for lady Anna.

    it’s not Valentin… no matter what THEIR PAST

    ALL I CAN SAY…. is : with regard to Laura Wright portrayal of Carly Corinthos

    Sonny and Carly will forever be… dullard

    GH is TRYING to portrait Carly as sensitive and being all up front and honest… till the boring bomb drops about Nelle…. what the heck is that… obvious treat… was that “Caroline” baby rattle ? who cares

    Sonny stuck with that gps … stay their… it doesn’t matter what Sonny does any more. he stifles this show with his magnanimous ego… in and out of character… he lacks

    especially when he machos it out with his he man mob . dang .. have to hand it to Julian and that hot man in the pawn shop… they are far more manned up.

    so… Lulu… you may be the biological mother… but that’s as far as it goes… GH
    give Dante the story… watching Lulu character try to mix in with the big leagues is not doing her any favors… Mamma smurph

    sorry Anna… this is not your story time…. lets save that for Seth Baker

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    Patrick replied

    as I’ve always rocked

    GH is suffering the dreadlock of way too much airtime for the Corinthos clan

    THE ONLY character that is worth any thing…. and she rocks

    Jaklyn Zeman…. as Bobbie Spencer… she never wanes… always REELS

    Tim S. replied

    GH has not been the best Soap.. agree with ya!!

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    Yankee fan replied

    Nah, Y&R and DOOL were horrible. So was Bold.

    Passanate and Altman made GH watchable/tolerable after your guy Carlivati turned into a cartoon circus act.

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  7. Margaret says:

    all I can say is that you obviously have the feed to offscreen hospital because GH has been horrible all year with the exception of the bipolar storyline which we know Maurice helped with. I don’t know how in gods green earth you can call Frank and his Jellyrolls anything but soap hacks!! GH is by far the most inconsistent soap left on the air. There is no continuity whatsoever!! IF GH was cheese it would have too many holes to pass for swiss!!

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    Anne replied

    THE WRITERS ARE RUINNINGwhat Use to be a Great soap!!! SAD

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    Yankee fan replied

    JFP/Guza are the ones who ruined General Hospital. Nothing ever has been or ever will be as bad as those years. We were on the verge on cancellation cause of that terrible twosome with their obsession with the Sopranos.

    Frank, Jean, Shelly are doing a fine job and had a nice year as illustrated in the article.

    Yankee fan replied

    None of the shows can be deemed “good” but GH was the least sucky in 2016.

    They win, even by default.

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  8. Michelle says:

    I can only comment on GH since that’s the only soap I watch (lol). But I don’t think the Morgan’s Death s/l was all that original. Yes the performance were outstanding as was the writing BUT we all knew Sonny would be innocent & all would eventually be forgiven where he was concerned. But speaking of Carly, her rage at Sonny wasn’t believable because though Morgan died, it certainly wasn’t the first time her child has been harmed by Sonny’s decisions. Michael was shot in the head and was comatose for a year. So for me, the storyline fell flat because there was nothing different about it. It is really hard to feel any kind of empathy or sympathy for characters who never really suffer any long-term consequences for their actions, or whose decisions never change. And to be honest, the Morgan-worship got old. He was a whiny, petulant man-child. I mean, I get that parents tend to overlook their child’s flaws but it would’ve been nice to see at least a couple of people mention that Morgan was no saint and was, in fact, a very flawed & controlling & sometimes abusive individual.

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    Jenny Brooks replied

    Well said Michelle. I agree.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Yes, I agree too. So sick of Morgan being depicted as a saint, on and off the show. In my book, he was everything Michelle said , plus he was spoiled rotten and enabled by his family and I wouldn’t be too happy with the likes of him hanging out with MY daughter!

    Yankee fan replied

    Morgan’s death was hands down the best story on daytime last year.

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    Celia replied

    ….not to mention manipulative, Michelle…..never liked petulant Morgan. I never saw the ‘why’ of others’s adoration of him. Turned me right off.

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  9. Dan says:

    Best single performance by an actor mwas Steve Burton’s during the Sully reveal. No one else was close Steve Burton was also best supporting actor for 2016.

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    Celia replied

    Oh, Dan….right on! I was always so critically sarcastic where Dylan was concerned….mea culpa!!
    But, his pent-up pain was so tangible for me. I thought he was going to explode from the anguish. He was so controlled, but one could read and feel that pain in his eyes; in his every movement and nuance.
    That was some acting by Burton!……I could feel my heart tightening by an invisible hand….And, Dylan’s last scene with Sharon, simply did-me-in. I cried with such heartfelt emotion….my gosh!!!!…that’s how great Burton was.
    Lest I forget Sharon Case…..she brought patois to the segment just as much, in a typically female-kind-of-way. I truly felt pity for her….the woman has been to hell. But, just as she was coming back from that hell, it breaks loose again…..partly created by her distorted thinking due to mental illness; and due to so many outside forces.
    But, Burton’s acting sticks to the brain because Dylan’s demeanor was silently, yet emphatically stoic. All one saw were the reddening, and watery eyes. Fantastic!!

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    Celia replied

    My iPad has a mind of its own…..The word I typed was ‘pathos’, not patois…LOL….a completely different meaning.
    I wanted to add that, I hope and wish that Dylan is recast. I was truly looking forward to Sharon’s and Dylan’s longevity. Sharon deserves a a modicum of happiness. Their live story needs to continue….please, ye gods, bring Dylan back home safely.

    Judy replied

    I agee with you

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    soapqueenforever replied

    I agree with you both Judy and Celia. I too have always taken the character of Dylan for granted. But thse last few weeks I have been feeling his heart break. Remember this is the second time in about 2 years that he has had a baby mishap, witb both babies being sons, not that the sex of the baby makes the pain any different. Couple those instances with the miscarriage he shared with Avery, and this poor guy can’t catch a break. I hope they recast down the road, and they don’t have him die on assignment. To me this story doesn’t seem to be finished yet. Kudos for Steve Burton for leaving us with a stellar performances to remember him by

  10. Ray says:

    I could not wait to see your list. This has been an up-and-down year in soaps for me, but it has had some great moments. ‘Days of our Lives” seems to be getting back on track after losing me for most of the year. I think Marci Miller is the best casting “DOOL” has done since hiring Billy Flynn. As much as I loved Kate Mansi, I agree that Marci is giving a new take on the role (and I love it).

    I agree that Billy Flynn had the best year on soaps, Deimos is overused and involved in too many storylines, hated the Summer storyline (painful to watch and it made me feel sorry for Marie Wilson and Suzanne Rogers).

    My least favorite part of “DOOL” has been the amount of time the show continues to put into the Claire/Ciara/Joey/Theo storylines when it seems that it is largely unpopular with the audience. I am also ready to see a MATURE storyline for Marlena, John and Hope. I want the writers to stop pretending these characters are still in their 30s and write age-appropriate storylines.

    My Best Actress is a there-way tie: Heather Tom, Katherine Kelly Lang and Kate Mansi. Heather Tom was nothing short of heartbreaking during the end of her marriage scenes with Bill. I LOVED her showdown with Brooke.

    The BEST storyline was Eric and Quinn. Rena Sofer has become must-watch daytime TV. I am not sure I would put her in the Supporting Actress category since she is on the show basically every day and has been driving storyline for months.

    My least favorite “B&B’ storyline has been Sasha/Zende Part II. It seemed contrived, out of character and even worse, character assassination for Nicole/Zende. It seems they have no rooting value. I am ready to give the character of Sasha a break and see more Caroline and Thomas.

    The most overlooked characters of the year is Maya and Rick. The baby via surrogate Part II storyline was a major hiccup in a banner year on the show.

    I know Thorsten Kaye is a popular actor from “OLTL” and “AMC,” I am still having a hard time with him as Ridge. I do not see any rooting value for his character. I want to see Quinn, Katie, Brooke and Bill take him down.

    John McCook MUST be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the Supporting Actor. He is the Sean Connery of daytime. There are not many 70-year-old actors that can carry that type of storyline and leaves the audience wanting more.

    In 2017, I want to see more Ivy and less Wyatt/Liam’s endless lust for Steffi. It seems it has been back-and-forth all year and is starting to feel stale.

    Great review! I can’t wait to see what others have to say have been their favorite actors and storylines. Happy New Year to you, the soaps and the audience.

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    soapqueenforever replied

    Hey Ray, Since I was never a watcher of DOOL, I can’t give you any feedback on that score. But I totally agree with your B&B comments. I never was a fan of Thorsten Kaye as Ridge either. And I am not feeling the reuniting of Ridge and Brooke either. To me he is way to scruffy to be Ridge. Like I have said numerous times in the past, although Ronn Moss was never an academy award winning actor, I always loved the chemistry he had with Katherine Kelly Lang.To me they wil alwwys be Brook and Ridge. I also thought Heather Thom was at her prime when she and KKK were going at over Bill. And not to slight KKK, she had her moments as well during that time. I have always loved John McCook, and I am loving him with Quinn. I getting annoyed that Ridge is screwing things up.He is such a whiner. No wonder why he is suddenly bonding with Liam. Two whiners connecting. Speaking of Liam I am sick and tired of him complaining about Quinn to anyone who will listen. If he was so worried Quinn why didn’t he lock her up when he had the chance. I still say that Steffie and Bill would make a strong and compatible couple. Let Bill and Steffire team up and take over the company. Papa Ridge’s head would really spin over that.

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  11. Julie says:

    I found the praise for General Hospital and their writing team a bit jarring. I could not agree less. YR had a rocky year but their cast turned out incredible performances. The absence of Steve Burton’s heart wrenching performance as Dylan really saddens me. And no love for Gina Tognoni either. Nice to see Jason Thompson and Sharon Case get a bit of acknowledgement,

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  12. barbara says:

    Nancy and will are the best.

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  13. Joe says:

    Spot-on! Although I only watch General Hospital… Your pics right and well deserved… The only thing you forgot to add was greatest hope for 2017… That ABC now owns the rights again for all my children and One Life to Live and hopefully something good will come from that… Either bring them back or at least bringing some of the characters back on the canvas of General Hospital. Other than that great job!

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  14. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    i miss super couples…now we get pooper couples-enough said!

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!…

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    soapqueenforever replied

    If your a watcher of B&B, such as I, couples don’t have a chance to get to know each other before they are thrown into a never ending triangle. They don’t have a chance to turn out a super couple.

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    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    I watched it in the past and thought the production was great but those triangles like you mentioned was a turn off for me!

  15. robert says:

    i can’t name a best soap because all were subpar. their was a lot of bad this year. Ciara’s rape on Days,the serial killer on GH,and the baby switch on Y&R were the three storylines i hated the most. it seems like every year Sharon is the most ruined character,tired of her being the town punching bag,they practically gave her the same story we just saw 2 years ago

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  16. Pamela Orten says:

    Not trying to be a jerk but I couldn’t disagree more. This past year is the first time since I started watching in 2005 that I have found gh unwatchable. I use to wait for 1:00 to roll around everyday because I couldn’t wait to see gh. But I have become totally uninterested in the slow pace, the treatment of women, the continual attempts to redeem sexual predators, the lack of fallout, missed opportunities and anything and everything to do with Franco. Franco was brought on as evil incarnate and no amount of retcon will reverse my hatred of him.

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    Anne replied

    Agree

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    robert replied

    i agree GH is unwatchable

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    Yankee fan replied

    Every single year on the internet people say “Worst year ever on GH” but nothing could ever been as bad on 2011 and 2015.

    2016 was heaven in Port Charles compared to those hellish years.

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  17. k/kay says:

    Best wishes for a wonderful 2017! Not going to comment on the list I am no expert four soaps versus 17 at one time! Hmmm,

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  18. Rodd says:

    Nice list! Thank you, Michael! I always enjoy your site. Best Wishes for a Happy 2017! Keep ‘em coming!

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  19. Charday says:

    If GH is the best soap, it speaks volumes about how bad 2016 was for soaps. Agree about the worst storyline–Paul and the Hospital serial killer on GH. And kudos to Antonio Sabato Jr for having big balls and speaking at the RNC.

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    Anne replied

    I tape every day now, so I can skip thru most of the BS!!! HORRIBLE writers!!

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  20. Lou piikes says:

    Speaking of Summer from Days, I hated how the writers made her younger than Daniel. If she was born when Maggie was a teenager that makes Summer older not younger than Daniel. Soap Opera Rapidly Aging Syndrome or Desorasing has gotten out of hand.

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    Judy replied

    True the Summer story was bad

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  21. Mary SF says:

    I like that you broke down the performances into single, story line, and overall — wished the Emmy’s would do that—for me this year was one of the worst years for soap viewers. I have on occasion cut back on one soap, but this year, there were days I didn’t watch any of them and I can’t recall a year that every happening.

    I am the soap viewer who can pretty much stick with a show even through some really horrible story lines, but this year it wasn’t the stories that were that problem, it was the words coming out the characters mouths— I know soaps aren’t Shakespeare but the actual dialogue was unbearable for me. Days is slowly improving. Y&R has too. B&B– well it’s the same, but even in a good year I could only take this show in small doses–

    -and I think I am the only person on earth who doesn’t like Quinn with Eric. I like him with Katie– and I still want to see Quinn end up with Liam—

    As for GH– now that Finn has finally found a cure for this stupid disease, maybe they will give Hayden and Finn a real story that I don’t have to FF through. Valentin is not Helena and Lulu is no Luke– so why try to recycle the Spencer Cassadine feud by dragging this poor little girl into it.

    When a soap has to kill a legacy character to generate any real drama in order to give their actors their Emmy reels, I wouldn’t say that is the best soap of 2016– I would say that is was the most desperate soap of 2016– BC leaving gave them their Hail Mary pass- otherwise this soap would tie Days as the worst soap of 2016

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    Cathy Richardson replied

    I disagree that DOOL is the worst soap. It has it’s up down but I think it’s a great show .I watch everyday. Also Vincent has done a great job ….. Remember it’s all about the writing. Boy I could give them some ideas.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Also, loved him on Santa Barbara, Guiding Light and All My Children. Anyone remember something else he was on?

    Judy replied

    I also watch everday it still good it has good thing and not so good thing I have watch for over 5o year it like a old friend

  22. JMER says:

    Best Soap–I only watch GH, however, I was much more excited during the first half of 2016 than the second half. I actually thought the soap was going to head in a better direction at the time with Julian paying for his crimes, a possible Duke return, the Tracy emergency hospital storyline, Griffin seemingly added as a new moral perspective to the show whilst the writers shifted both Sonny and Jason to a more palatable morality. We actually thought the Cassadine will story would lead somewhere great although it hasn’t yet. The focus was shifted back to the hospital with Dr O being booted to the records basement and Monica becoming COS with some new staff. It all felt so good for a while and we had several budding romances that still haven’t had much payoff and were ill paced during the latter part of the year: Kevin & Laura, Kiki and Dillon, Hayden and Finn, The Nurses Ball was the best one in the past three years. The only downside was Brad and Lucas’ quickie wedding in the dismal Julexis home. In the second half of year, we had the not-so-great Cassadine Island story, the Hospital Killer story, the Claudette quadrangle, which were all sloppily done all leading to a storyline showcasing the Corinthoses who have hogged airtime for decades in which Sonny had a chance for some emotional growth and being held to the fire yet I don’t see any payoff. The hospital closing story was unneccessary at best. The holidays were lackuster as far as celebrations. The Valentin story is moving too slowly and has become boring already. Sept-Oct had their moments but nothing like the first half of the year when I felt hope about GH for the first time in a long time.

    Soapmakers of the year, GH–”The trio behind GH took our annual top honors for executive producer and head writers by mixing emotional stories, working in beloved veterans, and getting parts of the show on track after a not-so-great 2015.” I’ll give them getting parts of the show on track after a rotten 2014-15, however, vets should NOT ever be “worked in.” That’s not how the other 3 soaps do things and for that reason alone, GH should be last on the list to be a soapmaker. Honestly, with the way FV does contracts, it’s still the Guza show plus his own version of a SuperSoap. Why it is OK to mine stories from the highest ratest decade of GH almost regularly yet not use the characters that made those stories on the front burner before the Guza and FV favorites?

    Overall performances by an actor, WD–I felt nothing for this character or his emotions. He is a bad guy,yes, but honestly I thought the previous portrayer of JJ did a much better job giving him a POV and emotion.

    Best Performance by a Soap Icon–Jane Elliott was amazing and had good material this year away from Luke.

    Best temp recast, Nick Stabile–I thought he was subpar, at best, but enjoyed Molly Burnett as Maxie.

    Best storyline could have been the Justice for Duke story if they had actually been allowed to get justice for his death and/or perhaps a return of Duke. Everyone on canvas had a part in the story for the most part.

    Best tearjerker–It was the two-episode apparition of Duke that Anna sees while trapped in the meat locker, by far. Not only sad for Duke & Anna fans, but also for the actors, the crew, the history of GH, while FV clearly isn’t going to allow any 80s male lead from the SuperCouple era to grace its screen regularly.

    Best Decision–I agree the new character of Dr. Finn has been a good addition but so has the addition of Dr. Griffin Munro. Both are unique characters and serve a grander purpose.

    I agree with you on Best guest arc (Ingo), Best Wedding (Scrubs), best young actress (Hayley Erin), and best younger actor (Bryan Craig), best child performances (Brooklyn and Hudson), best drop-the-mic moment (Genie Francis).

    So I only disagree on the major points (which probably means I’m not the best audience for your site). It was a sad ending to what I thought could be a great year. Que sera sera

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    Trudy replied

    Great post. Co-sign, if I may.

    I don’t think the “Soapmaker of the Year” title should go to an Executive Producer who failed to reach a contract with the Emmy winning Leading Actor, Tyler Christopher, in the legacy role of Nik Cassadine, while having plenty of money to hire new-to-GH actors in newbie roles that most GH fans don’t want to see, such as Valentin, Claudette, Finn, “Oscar Jessup/Olivia Jerome,” etc. I actually like James Patrick Stuart, and might be able to like Valentin, if only he weren’t the low budget Nik replacement.

    Biggest waste of talent: not reaching a contract with Tyler and the dreadful misuse of the talented Richard Burgi as Paul Hornsby in what just might be the worst “mystery” story ever on soaps.

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    Patrick replied

    Trudy : “thank you” for bringing to attention…. Tyler Christopher

    Nicholas Cassadine is old history… his carrying the torch … and snuffed out so disrespectfully… leaves a glaring glitch … Frank / Jean / Shelley THOUGHT they could override

    what an error
    so much bad judgment is going on

    Nicholas is not mob… he’s not a bad guy… he’s a sold fixture… an actor who resonated on so many levels fans got

    I’m befuddled at how much the recast press got… ’nuff said.

    just WOW on whatever the f is going on in the mindset of Frank / Jean / and Shelley

    IF and when… GH production cleans up Valentin… and the only way for this to happen… is … Valentin has been nursing back to health… Nicholas.. and all will be well with the world….

    argh! sucks

    that it’s all a bout the mob and big ole Carly

    Chris replied

    JMER- A great post! You’ve hit every point spot on!

    Trudy- I really enjoyed the point you made, I haven’t read anything to do with this…Calling out the Executive Producer by title and not by name was perfect! They need to woo back Tyler Christopher & pay him what he’s worth, then get read of the newbies that aren’t worth a damn, but keep the few that are…

    They need to take the vets off recurring status and put them on contract…Monica, Tracy, Olivia (and bring Ned back more often than every 6 months), Scotty, Bobbie, Lucy, Mac, Felecia (sp) Max and as I bow to her Dianne! In case I forgot someone I’m sorry, I’m blanking out! I don’t know why it’s called recurring status….let’s be honest, it’s kick you to the curb & if you somehow cross my mind I’ll call you in status!

    Paul replied

    I agree that the Paul Hornsby story might be one of the worst soap mysteries of all time. Absolutely horrible storyline with no real purpose other than to jettison 2 good actors off the canvas. I think the current writers on GH might be the worst in the show’s history. I’m on the verge of tuning out as I did with Days earlier this year shortly after they started the Summer storyline which was another disaster. Which is a shame cuz I’ve watched at least 1 soap every day since the early 80s.

    Charday replied

    You remind me that the only thing on GH I liked in 2016 was the return on Monica Quartermaine with some frequency. Also, how much I miss Tyler Christopher (and his same old tight grey pants and burgundy shirt that he wore over and over again). Also, was great seeing Britt again on the Thanksgiving rerun episode from 2014.

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  23. LEXIE says:

    I think one of the worst storylines was the Doctor Anderson versus Nick Newman that morphed into the baby kidnapping by an unscrupulous nurse and evil Doctor and the now never ending Sharon Character Assassination story… I detested the Billy/Phyllis affair it was so unrealistic and would have only worked if it was a dream sequence… I would agree that JT is an excellent replacement for the character of Billy Abbott BUT I still love Billy Miller in the role… The character of Dylan can not be gone soon enough for me…useless and boring from the get go IMO! I am hoping that Michael Muhney will reprise his role of Adam Newman by February.

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    Alan replied

    The Dr. Anderson story was an epic fail in large part due to the fact the character was ret-conned as part of Nick’s past. Writers never seem to learn that most viewers have been around a lot longer than they have and we call shenanigans when they try to ret-con a show’s history to fit their plots.

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    robert replied

    the Dr. Anderson story was pretty bad. all it did was more Sharon ruination

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  24. Beach Dreamer says:

    You totally snubbed Tristan Rogers in that recap of Robin & Patrick’s wedding. Robert was very much present & active in that wedding. Remember, there never would have been a Robin or Anna if Robert hadn’t existed. Something to ponder….

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    Mysty replied

    I couldn’t agree more..It totally annoyed me how Robert Scorpio get ignored because if not for him existing? We wouldn’t have had Anna or a Robin for her to have a wedding. They existed because of him.

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  25. nancy dillingham says:

    Michael, though I wholeheartedly agree with your “best drop-the-mike moment”–go Genie Francis!–I must disagree with you on “best overall performance by a supporting actor”–William deFry: he is WAY too buttoned up and “tight” as an actor.
    And, though I think Billy Flynn was good, I found Mansi GREAT. Billy can work and polish his art a bit–and he will, I’m sure.
    And I found James Read’s performance most riveting and menacing–wish they had brought him on GH in ANY role; he’s the real deal.

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    Connor AvidSoapFan replied

    Great idea about James Read coming to GH! I could see him playing a love interesting for either Tracy, Laura, and or Monica. I think Monica and Tracy should be in a love triangle with somebody new to the show. Maybe James Reid should come on to the show as a new doctor, Dr. Tanner Addison (I just totally made this character name up lol), but that’s not his real name. He has a dark past, that he shares with Anna, and Tanner can somehow be connected to the Anna Devane and Valentin Cassadine story twist that is going on on the show as we speak. Because, now, come to think of it… I really do envision Finola Hughes (Anna) and James Read (“Tanner Addison”) having some amazing chemistry with one another. So, James Read could have chemistry with a bunch of the stalwart actresses on this show (General Hospital).

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    nancy dillingham replied

    All such good ideas! GH is missing a great chance at a great actor!

    Connor AvidSoapFan replied

    Ooooh, I just thought of another one that James Read might have some pretty good chemistry with. Bobbie Spencer (Jacklyn Zeman). Maybe even Ava Jerome (Maura West), too! :-) Oh, the endless possibilities…

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    nancy dillingham replied

    Yes!

  26. Beverly Levy says:

    I only watch GH since the other two ABC soaps went off the air. I am so disappointed in GH. So many missed opportunities in their storylines. In fact what storylines . All they did was plot points. The situation with Jason/Sam/Liz and Jake being the Center of attention got on my nerves. For the longest u did not see Jason’s other child.I believe the fans had a lot to do with bringing TK on for family scenes. I have watched this soap since it’s debut. It is not the soap,that I know it can be. Show more core characters, slim down the cast. I want my GH back.

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  27. Dan says:

    I thought Michael’s picks were very fair and he did a good job spreading out awards among the four soaps. But as usual, you can’t please everyone. People will still find things to complain about.

    I only watch GH, so I can’t comment on the other shows. I personally enjoyed GH as a whole this year. I get that some stories and characters don’t work, and I certainly have my share that I don’t like, believe me. But I just fail to see the show as the disaster that so many people on here make it out to be. We must be watching two different shows is all I can say.

    Jean and Shelly brought heart and emotion back to GH, instead of it being a goofy cartoon like it had become at the end of Ron Carlivati’s reign. To me, a good soap opera is supposed to be a nice mix of drama, heart, emotion, adventure, romance, and as far as I’m concerned, I got that from GH this year and it’s second to none cast.

    Just wanted to take the time to thank Michael for another year of fabulous coverage of the soaps we love! On-Air Soaps continues to set the standard for daily coverage of the genre.

    Thanks also to everyone here, particularly the regulars, too many to mention, It’s been fun discussing, debating, agreeing, and yes sometimes disagreeing, and sharing our passionate opinions about our favorite shows. Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!!

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    Kevin C replied

    Very well said Dan and I agree with you….Happy New Year to you too and all the others.

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    Toni Idowu replied

    GH is the only soap I watch so I really can’t comment on the others. There were some terrible moments on GH this past year; notably the hospital killer storyline. The worst ever, in my opinion. I am not a fan of the character Julian Jerome and disagree with William DeVry as best supporting actor. There were better choices; I believe Roger Howarth as Franco had more depth in his performance as a supporting actor. General hospital has always been my favorite soap and Maurice Bernard is by far my favorite actor on the show. When he leaves, so will I. Some things I would like to see this coming year would be for Ava to finally pay for her crimes and couples staying together through tough times . There can be great drama without constant breakups. That said, there has been so much complaining about the show it leads me to wonder why people even watch if they are that dissatisfied.

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  28. Patrick says:

    BEST PERFORMANCE BY A SOAP ICON – MALE
    Eric Braeden – Y&R and Maurice Benard – GH

    this is a joke right…. ?

    finding a category to fit in what needs to be pressed, for their longevity ?

    these two guys have been further reduced… for their best counterparts… in their own family.

    no more Adam
    no more Morgan

    means dull.

    what are these two old stalwarts going to be

    not much… so much in overdrive that they have lessened the value of this genre

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    Addison replied

    The actor who plays Valentin is an amazingly brilliant talent. He’s so good that I don’t fast forward through the incredibly cringe worthy Need-ya (Nina).
    He is so good that if they ever did a movie based on Vladimir Putin’s life, he could play the starring role. Love how he speaks French so beautifully to his daughter Charlotte.
    Valentin is at his best when in scenes with Anna because Finola Hughes has the acting prowess to be able to go toe to toe with this amazing actor.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    I agree totally withAddison re: Valentin, Anna and Nina . I think Anna and Valentin have more chemestry than Valentin and clingy Nina who wants little Charlotte so bad, she will even get married to get her. What Lulu is doing to get that child is disgusting. He is her “papa” and they obviously adore each other. To try and wrench her out of his arms is certainly not going to win points from Charlotte. Being her mother, I understand her wanting her, but she has to think of the childs needs and wants too.

  29. Aria says:

    I don’t watch the other 3 soaps but I do watch gh and agree with your choices. I know a lot of gh fans have opinions that vary across the board and with most I agree but lately to me at least gh has been getting good, I love what the character of Valentin has brought to the show and how characters like Anna is interacting with Laura . Love new characters like griffin, valentin and Nell. I’m optimistic bout gh in the coming year especially since there’s this new villain lurking in the shadows.

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    Yankee fan replied

    Agree. GH is getting good.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    I agree, Aria. Valentin is a great new villain especially when interacting with Anna. This gives me hope.

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  30. Irene says:

    Stopped reading your picks,when you picked GH as best soap. Are you kidding me? Characters bad. No stories to care about. Not GH since 1994. All separate scenes. No flow. One chocolate mess. Can’t take opinions serious now

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  31. Patrick says:

    SOAPMAKERS OF THE YEAR 
    Frank Valentini, Shelly Altman and Jean Passanante – General Hospital

    there is so much BS in this

    ABC / Disney / GH

    this dullard trio inked new deals to continue their ??? uninteresting collaboration well in to November 2017… LOL

    to do what ?

    oy! fan posts have said it all

    Frank Valentini is done

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    robert replied

    this genre has fallen so much if subpar material is all they can come up with

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    Yankee fan replied

    Frank saved GH from the brink of death. He should be the soapmaker of the year, every year. GH wouldn’t have survived another year under JFP.

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  32. Jay Trotter says:

    Happy new year, Mike. Well done on this year’s choices. I agree with you about GH.

    GH was a better soap, with more raw drama, unpredictable twists, good new romances, intriguing new characters, fresh storytelling, and the superior acting over Y&R and B&B in 2016. I liked more than I disliked and felt more worked than didn’t work as a whole on GH this year. I haven’t felt that way about the show since 2012, but as a whole 2016 was my favorite year of GH in four years. Thank you for putting out the pros, and not just the cons. The last two months were admittedly poor, and the first two months were pretty average, but everything in between from March to October was mostly good. GH had the most hospital-centric stories in more than a decade, far less focus on mob action despite what they say, much more of a classic veteran presence as shown in the episode counts, and a wide variety to chose from in terms of stories and characters. I have pointed out below they did did a good job also in forming new likeable romances and fresh interesting characters. Speaking of which….

    I would have added a “best new couple” or “best new character” category to the annual list. GH was the best of them all in both areas in the past year, with an infusion of positive creative additions that worked really well, and seems like they found the right matches in each area. We had some new likeable romances like Fayden, Killon, Levin, Valina, and the shortly lived Nava. Five new couples that really worked for me while none of them clicked for me on Y&R/B&B. We had some new interesting characters like Griffin, Finn, Valentin, and Nelle. Can’t think of a single one on Y&R/B&B that stood out and new blood is needed on those shows in the worst way. I haven’t been so pleased with the new pairings and new characters on GH in a very long time. As for the established older couples on the show, both Julexis and Carson were entertaining as hell to watch this year. Awesome scenes with both couples from start to finish.

    GH should walk away with the most acting awards at the daytime emmy’s for the third straight year. This was a banner year for a true ensemble cast, and nearly everyone has something good to submit, but best of all it was fresh new material. Y&R and B&B as usual just roll out the same tired recycled stories, rehashed pairings, expired triangles, and repetitive dialouge. We saw many of our favorite GH characters in situations they have never found themselves before and GH couples facing down problems they never faced before.

    The powerhouse female performers once again stole stole the show, with the incredible Laura Wright and Nancy Lee Grahn having career years, and getting to play virtually every angle you could ask for as an actress. Carly and Alexis were easily the most riveting female characters to watch in 2016, and the only thing stopping Laura and Nancy from emmy wins is they might have too much great stuff to chose from, which could lead to the wrong reel selection against those with much less to select. Maura West and Finola Hughes rounded out the most impressive leading women on daytime, with another great year that flew under the radar compared to the past, but still as mesmerizing as ever as Ava and Anna.

    The supporting actresses also delivered more excellence, with Jane Elliott’s first standalone story in more than a decade as the unflappable Tracy stared down death, since it all took place in the early part of the year we tend to forget how good it was. A great comeback year by Genie Francis should be noted also, with numerous outstanding moments as Laura confronted her past at the campus disco. grieved the loss of her son Nikolas, and found sweet new love with Kevin. Much improved writing and a clearer direction for Nina and Hayden also took place, which lead to the phenomenal Michelle Stafford and Rebecca Budig energizing the canvas, and as usual being able to drum up chemistry with everyone they encounter. Another terrific turn by Rebecca Herbst in playing out Elizabeth losing everything, from the man she loved in Jason, to her house being blown to peices, to the death of not one but two friends, and dealing with a troubled young son. Sadly, the most promising storyline (Jake’s time on Cassadine Island) was dropped for this Friz/Franco junk.

    GH was once known for having the best younger actresses in the business, and they seemed to slowly find their way to returning to that old formula, with a brilliant year by the returning Lexi Ainsworth. Kristina struggling with her sexual fluidity, with a scandalous affair with her older female professor, and clashing with Alexis and Sonny was great stuff. Lexi was robbed of her young actress emmy in 2011, which is a wrong that will hopefully be righted in 2017, cause she surely has the material this year. I suppose that being tutored by the likes of Maura West and Michelle Stafford seems to have paid off, with the beautiful youthful Haley Erin being the most improved actress of 2016, and this resulted in Kiki going from hated to likeable for many of us viewers. A less selfish, more vulnerable, and softer take on Kiki was the right mix. Kiki landed a popular new pairing with Dillon, and did solid work in trying to balance that with an obligation to Morgan’s mental health. Haley Pullos continued to be her amazing self, with Molly being the moral compass in a town without one, and putting her mother and sister in their place when needed. Chloe Lanier is a potential rising star as the complicated grey bad girl Nelle. Lots of goodness this year from the younger girls.

    Another solid year for the boss, Maurice Benard, as Sonny faced issues he’s never faced before. A honest attempt to pull back on the violence was made and not resorting to pulling that gun out all the time. Stellar work from the excellent William DeVry, who’s is always at his best in playing a bad boy, and Julian was as fascinating as ever this year. GH finally got it right with the creation of Dr. Finn, whom is a enjoyable distinctive character played perfectly by Michael Easton, and a far cry from the forced John and boring Silas characters. James Patrick Stuart is outstanding and intoxicating as Valentin, which was another home run in the new character department, probably the most must see character on any soap at the moment. Donnell Turner playing the sexy entertaining Curtis is a true gem, more proof that Jelly’s is on a roll in this area of their writing, and they have done a great job in spreading Curtis around without tying him down to a pairing. Richard Burgi tore the house down in his exit story. Lots of goodness from the men of GH.

    Bravo to the cast and crew of GH! Not a perfect year by any means, but a certain improvement over the previous year. I think they have some good stuff building up into 2017. Loving GH again and glad the Campy ScFy Era is over.

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    Patrick replied

    “… James Patrick Stuart is outstanding and intoxicating as Valentin, which was another home run in the new character department, probably the most must see character on any soap ”

    JPS; OWNS GH

    simple as that

    he resonates with every fiber in his being… WITH Michelle Stafford and Scarlett Fernandez.

    LOL

    OK

    i’m on rinse repeat and recyle… this is superlative stuff to enhance layer and keep the Cassadine mystique… JUST MISS Tyler Christopher.

    otherwise… this is a whole new show.. in a league of their own. BIG

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    Patrick replied

    excellent read… especially, about the younger actress’

    that being… Kiki, Kristina, Nelle, Molly

    god… the subpar arena… we dwell in

    by choice

    this genre , decades plus

    this outlet is by choice

    I can’t hammer any more than whats the next post

    god tho… I blame Frank Valentini … and his choice to hire Jean and Shelley.

    frustration… I miss Kristina and Parker… what a big arena this coulda woulda shoulda

    why did they blow this

    because it’s out of their comfort level… still? to test the waters ? a reach so far

    would have been ; implosion of mindscape

    WHEN she returned.. you could see a change… a woman emerged… she hit every nail and hammered her ACT

    god it was a class act… watching Ashley Jones and Lexie Ainsworth. DREAM people

    put her front and center… with Parker and/or Aaron.

    you know.. some one agree with; when you see high caliber actors get their chance… it’s magnified … LOL OK

    it’s better than being dumbed down and aghast at how lame the production value spirals ; WITH I will go on and on how dull….. you are DULL… to feature

    Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Michael / Finn /Hayden / Franco

    I Love my Kiki… she’s my link to her mother Ava… her grandmother Dehlia… her sister Avery

    just the best troupe of grand … KIKI please buy ole Rubys place and bring back gramma Dehlia. YOU SO MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE at “ruby’s diner” than that stuffed puffed up ole Metro Court.

    PLUS you and Ava can rebond without Carly. Dillon’ HER Man… so STUD

    I miss Molly… and TJ for that matter… she can lower her good intentions a little bit… that is overdone… she is after all the baby of the family… not the voice of reason for port Charles. she’s a kid… stick it out with TJ.

    Nelle ? meh… I never bought in to her at the ole 50th anniversary special… I thought she cam on like gangbusters…. but… once again.. when you are saddled with nothing but Sonny and Carly. loses so much so fast

    Nelle and Kiki scenes are riveting

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  33. Nicholas says:

    given that a choice had to be made i will agree with gh being best soap , it’s not the best but the best available one out of the 4 on the air . however to have failed to see the brilliance of the michael and sabrina love story and destroying the couple by killing sabrina off and getting rid of the actress was unforgivable . as for the most hopeful soap for 2017 my vote goes to days of our lives , not young and restless . i think viewers will be disappointed with
    sally sussman .

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    Yankee fan replied

    I already am disappointed in Sally after a month. Her writing style has a very slow boring pace to it and the episodes have been lacking any action or drama. I also didn’t care for that interview saying the show doesn’t need Adam.

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    Addison replied

    Yankee Fan, did you watch the Y&R repeat of the Nikki and Victor wedding?
    Bill Bell did pace his shows very slowly and had the courage to utilize patience. When Nikki and Victor dance their first dance at the reception they stare into each other’s eyes without speaking during the entire song lasting over 3 minutes. And were we viewers bored?
    No, we were riveted and drawn into their romance and we becaame believers.
    Sally Sussman is no Bill Bell but she’s the closest thing we’ve seen of him in a long time. I think soaps like GH and Y&R have served us a diet of plot driven stories for so long we have lost our palate for good character driven stories.
    Sally is in repair mode and bringing the characters back to acting like themselves. I, for one, will take that over shoot-outs, fires and other disasters.
    Give me internal conflict over external conflict any day. That is what soap operas were predicated upon in the first place.

    Addison replied

    PS, Sally did not say Y&R did not need Adam. She said she just didn’t see him coming back right away.
    I do think if he does come back they are going to keep it under wraps. The head writer is not going to spill the beans as to whether Adam is coming back or not.
    I do believe Adam will be back but I do not know who will play him.

  34. Jay Trotter says:

    Happy new year, Mike. Well done on this year’s choices. I agree with you about GH.

    GH was a better soap, with more raw drama, unpredictable twists, good new romances, intriguing new characters, fresh storytelling, and the superior acting over Y&R and B&B in 2016. I liked more than I disliked and felt more worked than didn’t work as a whole on GH this year. I haven’t felt that way about the show since 2012, but as a whole 2016 was my favorite year of GH in four years. Thank you for putting out the pros, and not just the cons. The last two months were admittedly poor, and the first two months were pretty average, but everything in between from March to October was mostly good. GH had the most hospital-centric stories in more than a decade, far less focus on mob action despite what they say, much more of a classic veteran presence as shown in the episode counts, and a wide variety to chose from in terms of stories and characters.

    I would have added a “best new couple” or “best new character” category to the annual list. GH was the best of them all in both areas in the past year, with an infusion of positive creative additions that worked really well, and seems like they found the right matches in each area. We had some new likeable romances like Fayden, Killon, Levin, Valina, and the shortly lived Nava. Five new couples that really worked for me while none of them clicked for me on Y&R/B&B. We had some new interesting characters like Griffin, Finn, Valentin, and Nelle. Can’t think of a single one on Y&R/B&B that stood out and new blood is needed on those shows in the worst way. I haven’t been so pleased with the new pairings and new characters on GH in a very long time. As for the established older couples on the show, both Julexis and Carson were entertaining as hell to watch this year. Awesome scenes with both couples from start to finish.

    GH should walk away with the most acting awards at the daytime emmy’s for the third straight year. This was a banner year for a true ensemble cast, and nearly everyone has something good to submit, but best of all it was fresh new material. Y&R and B&B as usual just roll out the same tired recycled stories, rehashed pairings, expired triangles, and repetitive dialouge. We saw many of our favorite GH characters in situations they have never found themselves before and GH couples facing down problems they never faced before.

    The powerhouse female performers once again stole stole the show, with the incredible Laura Wright and Nancy Lee Grahn having career years, and getting to play virtually every angle you could ask for as an actress. Carly and Alexis were easily the most riveting female characters to watch in 2016, and the only thing stopping Laura and Nancy from emmy wins is they might have too much great stuff to chose from, which could lead to the wrong reel selection against those with much less to select. Maura West and Finola Hughes rounded out the most impressive leading women on daytime, with another great year that flew under the radar compared to the past, but still as mesmerizing as ever as Ava and Anna.

    The supporting actresses also delivered more excellence, with Jane Elliott’s first standalone story in more than a decade as the unflappable Tracy stared down death, since it all took place in the early part of the year we tend to forget how good it was. A great comeback year by Genie Francis should be noted also, with numerous outstanding moments as Laura confronted her past at the campus disco, grieved the loss of her son Nikolas, and found sweet new love with good guy Kevin. Much improved writing and a clearer direction for Nina and Hayden also took place, which lead to the phenomenal Michelle Stafford and Rebecca Budig energizing the canvas, and as usual being able to drum up chemistry with everyone they encounter. Another terrific turn by Rebecca Herbst in playing out Elizabeth losing everything, from the man she loved in Jason, to her house being blown to peices, to the death of not one but two friends, and dealing with a troubled young son. Sadly, the most promising storyline (Jake’s time on Cassadine Island) was dropped for this Friz/Franco junk.

    GH was once known for having the best younger actresses in the business, and they seemed to slowly find their way to returning to that old formula, with a brilliant year by the returning Lexi Ainsworth. Kristina struggling with her sexual fluidity, with a scandalous affair with her older female professor, and clashing with Alexis and Sonny was great stuff. Lexi was robbed of her young actress emmy in 2011, which is a wrong that will hopefully be righted in 2017, cause she surely has the material this year. I suppose that being tutored by the likes of Maura West and Michelle Stafford seems to have paid off, with the beautiful youthful Haley Erin being the most improved actress of 2016, and this resulted in Kiki going from hated to likeable for many of us viewers. A less selfish and more vulnerable take on the character was the right mix. Kiki landed a popular new pairing with Dillon, and did solid work in trying to balance that with an obligation to Morgan’s mental health. Haley Pullos continued to be her amazing self, with Molly being the moral compass in a town without one, and putting her mother and sister in their place when needed. Chloe Lanier is a potential rising star as the complicated grey bad girl Nelle.

    Another solid year for the boss, Maurice Benard, as Sonny faced issues he’s never faced before. A honest attempt to pull back on the violence was made and not resorting to pulling that gun out all the time. Stellar work from the excellent William DeVry, who’s is always at his best in playing a bad boy, and Julian was as fascinating as ever this year. GH finally got it right with the creation of Dr. Finn, whom is a enjoyable distinctive character played perfectly by Michael Easton, and a far cry from the forced John and boring Silas characters. James Patrick Stuart is outstanding and intoxicating as Valentin, which was another home run in the new character department, probably the most must see character on any soap at the moment. Donnell Turner playing the sexy entertaining Curtis is a true gem and they have done a great job in spreading Curtis around without tying him down to a pairing. Richard Burgi tore the house down in his exit story.

    Bravo to the cast and crew of GH! Not a perfect year by any means, but a certain improvement over the previous year. I think they have some good stuff building up into 2017. Loving GH again and glad the Campy SyFy Era is over.

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  35. Patrick says:

    OMG ; people

    of the 4 serial… there has to be other women… who resonate

    Laura Wright’ Carly ?

    she’s a powerhouse ? she mows every one down… its her way or the highway
    what’s fun about that… ? as I’ve posted before.. she told Nelle… had it not been for her marriage to Sonny and her ownership of Metro court… no one would give a shit

    period.

    Sarah Brown and Tamara Braun… had all the stunned reactions and writing.. and FUN of being Carly….

    Laura Wright is the married MOTHER… who bull dozes any one who disses her offspring… well let me tell you i’m on the front line

    plus she’s married to boring Sonny…. Bam… ’nuff said

    NO ONE outside of Ingo Rademacher ‘ Jax… brought her to life.

    she was a women then… oy it was a little embarrassing to watch her … “KISS” him and then shun herself recoil… LOL… so out of the loop and game.. it was stunting to her character… so it’s back to Sonny.

    watching her brought out by @GH to LOL bring emotional beat to the show… is laugh out loud… what’s the point? her character is not the end all or be all… she’s so one dimensional now… AND now… has been brought so far down… without Morgan… and in a dead marriage. after 2016… and after the Nelle debacle… LORDY the show , for all intent and purpose to prop the Corinthos… is spiraling….

    it’s so obvious the intent of the show… Sonny and Carly are the best the show has? give me an effin break…. Frank Jean and Shelley are lost

    Sonny and Carly have absolutely NO sex appeal… she can mow him down in an instant.. and he’d be left posturing for masculine.

    blech

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    Yankee fan replied

    Laura Wright is a great actress and kicked butt last year.

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    Addison replied

    Patrick, you make some excellent points.

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  36. Steven says:

    Kate mansi Billy Flynn Jenn lilly arianna Zucker Eric martsolf Kristen Alfonso Lauren cosslow !!!! Are all good give them Emmy

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    Judy replied

    I agree

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  37. Kalamaty says:

    No STACY HAIDUK mention?! For SHAME! She had better walk away this year with the Emmy for her reprisal of ‘Patty’! She was absolutely riveting to watch and made ‘must see TV’ for me and so many other fans!

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    Violet Lemm replied

    OMG, how was Stacy forgotten? Some of her scenes outshown everyone that was in a scene with her. She is totally wasted in her role on Y&R when she could be doing so much more!

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  38. Kate says:

    Couldn’t agree more about the most torrid affair: Billy & Phyllis. I loved every bit of it. They have the best chemistry on Y&R, & GT/JT are the most talented actors on the show. They are my favorite couple on daytime soaps. Every single scene they share is gold. They’re pure fire together & are smoking hot. I was glued to Y&R just because of them. We should’ve gotten to see them finally together after the reveal of the affair, but unfortunately, that’s not what happened. I still can’t believe Y&R ended them, I stopped watching the show when they did that. Hope the writers will soon come to their senses and give Billy & Phyllis’ Love story a real chance. Otherwise what a terrible stupid waste of their insane chemistry.

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  39. jaliza says:

    I haven’t watched enough of any other soap, except gh, to know if these are accurate. but, i have a feeling i disagree. i have watched enough of days to know that there are so many talented younger actors on there. kiki is probably the worst. just bc they gave her actual material, does not mean her acting has improved. i would pick camila baunus over her. my secret wish is for actors like camila baunus, diego, and vincent izzary to go to gh. it would be dream if that happened. but they are so good on days. also, although jason thompson was good as patrick, does not mean he’s good as billie. i don’t think he is enough like billie. they should have given him a new role instead. those are just two of my different options, but i don’t know enough about the other soaps.

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  40. Soapluv2010 says:

    Thank you, Michael for the best, most reliable, thoughtful coverage and love for the soap genre.
    I look forward to reviewing your site always and am grateful for the time, effort and love you put into your interviews and articles. You really are the BEST!

    God bless and keep you.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    MY SENTMENTS EXACTLY. The other comment boards pale in comparison to your site. Would like to see daily coverage though.

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  41. James says:

    Most shocking twist would be Days of our Lives actually shooting on location, ON A BEACH!

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  42. me says:

    Oh for crying out loud – so you basically made up these 1,873 “categories” (“cutest performance by a child under 4 feet tall on a Tuesday”) so that you could basically give all your friends an award. The people you name are soap actors at best, nothing that we haven’t seen since the 70s.

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  43. Soaphound says:

    May I just say how much I love these categories! So much better than one award for generic headings. Agree with a surprising number of the choices, and am especially happy for the mentions of Elizabeth Bogus (still waters really DO run deep), Anthony Turpel (a future heartthrob if there ever was one), and Genie Francis’ explosive work this year. Don’t agree about Jason Thompson (to me it’s Billy Miller or don’t bother) and REALLY don’t agree about Billy Flynn, but I know he has many supporters. And I would have liked a nod to Maura West for her breakdown scene following Morgan’s death. But overall, I love the attention and thought put into this list and had fun reading it!

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    Yankee fan replied

    Thompson is a miscast and is not Billy. Feels like a new character in town and someone stole the youngest Abbott’s identity. Hartley looked acted and felt like Adam. Can’t say the same for Thompson.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Surprise! I just love Jason as Billy Abbott, they are giving him so much more to do than on GH as Patrick Drake.

    Addison replied

    I don’t agree–Thompson is doing an excellent job and making Billy Abbott his own.

  44. Daphne says:

    GH as best soap? Ridiculous! Absolutely not true.

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    Yankee fan replied

    Did you watch the other three? They were much worse.

    GH deserves a grade of a “C” so they have to be the pick.

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    Addison replied

    I think Y&R was much more watchable than GH.
    I really cannot watch the Mourning Morgan show starring Sonny and Carly 24/7 anymore so I fast forward through those scenes. Seeing that Sonny and Carly hog the air time almost on a daily basis I fast forward through most of GH.
    I never even liked that whiney, self-entitled little brat Morgan anyway.
    He did not personify bipolar disorder realistically at all.
    Meanwhile, Laura is only allowed a few sniffles over the death of Nikolas, a legacy character who is not only missed, but who is needed by viewers. I mean, does anyone really miss or need Morgan?

  45. Shari says:

    I know I’m way out numbered but Marci Miller is just awful! I want Chad with Gabi since this recast just isn;t working for me.

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    Violet Lemm replied

    Shari, if you read the DOOL boards you will be surprised that you are not the only one who is not liking or accepting Marci Miller. The writers really screwed up with the way she was introduced to Salem. We waited so long for something to happen that we kind of turned towards Gabi instead.

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  46. Alan says:

    BEST SOAP: None. Every one of the four remaining shows was a hot mess.

    BEST PRIMETIME SOAP(S): How To Get Away With Murder (the “Who’s Under The Sheet?” mystery made for must see tv and the reveal promises to affect the show for the rest of its run) and Younger (daytime should take a page from this show’s soapy goodness as Liza’s web of lies grew and she was forced closer to making a choice between Josh and Charles).

    MOST OVERUSED CHARACTER: Sonny Corinthos. Sonny has dominated this show since Jean and Shelly took over in the fall of 2015 and the ratings are down. Could there be a correlation…?

    MOST DISAPPOINTING WASTE OF TALENT: GH’s Genie Francis, James Patrick Stuart, Maura West, and Bree Williamson. The show’s lackluster writing did these actors — and the viewers — no favors.

    BEST STORYLINE(S): While there were individual performances that stood out over the course of the year there wasn’t a single storyline this year that caught my attention, including the overwrought death of Morgan on GH.

    WORST STORYLINE(S): Nathan has a secret Canadian wife who needs a green card (GH); Griffin’s pointless backstory (GH); Helena’s forgotten bequeathment to Laura (GH); Paul is the hospital killer (GH); the Weeping Nyad (GH); Hayden/Rachel is Liz’s sister (GH); Charlotte gets a new daddy every week (GH); the “shocking” reveal that Sonny wasn’t responsible for Morgan’s death so that the show could retain his sainthood (GH); Quinn convinces Liam that they are a couple (B&B); anything Summer and/or Luca (Y&R); the Newman Enterprises oil spill “mystery” (Y&R); Max causing Abby to miscarriage because he has a brain tumor (Y&R); the endless Simon Neville/Hillary/Ashley drug trials fiasco (Y&R); Nu-Billy and Phyllis’ affair (Y&R); the lame reveal that Sully was Christian and Sharon and Dylan’s continued insistence that they deserve a place in the child’s life (Y&R).

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    Patrick replied

    “…BEST STORYLINE(S): While there were individual performances that stood out over the course of the year there wasn’t a single storyline this year that caught my attention, including the overwrought death of Morgan on GH. ”

    as I’ve always said… when the story is just not their… I continue to fall back on the incredible force of actors who work in this genre

    if all that comes up … is Morgans storyline…. AND all that is celebrated

    is Sonny and Carly

    LOL

    give me a break

    Jesus

    I miss Morgan and Ava… more than I will ever not stop pressing about how bad the center of General Hospital IS Sonny and Carly….

    WOW

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    Violet Lemm replied

    I think the worst most boring and senseless SL on GH has got to be Nathan and Maxi. He may be good looking, but it stops there! No chemestry between them. The scenes between them are more stupid then sexy. Poor girl is so thin and washed out looking, its a wonder he can find her in bed and her ditzy, kooki, .behavior/personality is less than cute and simply annoying.

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    Addison replied

    Best comment? Alan’s! You rocked it with your opinion and of course I agree with your every word.
    Violent Femme, I agree–Maxie and Nathan always seem to be posing for a Calvin Klein underwear advertisement.

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    rebecca1 replied

    Regarding prime time: I’d have to give How To Get Away With Murder as THE best prime time soap and Viola Davis as leading actress. She is beyond compare…

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    rebecca1 replied

    @Alan…I LOVE “Younger!” One of my favorite shows. Only complaint: the episodes and number of said episodes are too short! .I have no idea who I’d choose. Josh is irresistible from smile to smirk; Charles so debonair to disarming. Both…if I may be so eloquent…HOT!
    :)

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  47. Patrick says:

    WORST RETURN
    Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Joe – General Hospital

    GH quashed a great actor … squandered a great opportunity to bring GH , some splash, some color… some tantalize with this HOT Puerto rican. who’s eyes danced… his machismo decorated this stale dim show. He was playing trigger from the get go. women and men , I know, found him intriguing sexy and danced

    I no longer, get or care ;for the collaboration of the dullest trio.. Frank Jean and Shelley

    they fired quashed with complete disregard for what works.

    Nicholas / Paul / Dr. Joe / Sabrina / Morgan… bites doesn’t it? these characters still resonate … can still add so much more to this show…

    oh hell… may as well toast the dullard(s)

    Sonny / Carly / Jason / Sam / Finn / Hayden / Franco / Michael / Nelle

    come on … look at all this waste… look at all this wasted cashola

    it’s starring us, the audience right in the face… how dour… the production has become

    Frank / Jean / Shelley : do not have the mindset to celebrate General Hospital

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  48. tony says:

    James Lastovic, bless his heart, has been god awful for the entire run. Only in the last few December episodes did he seem like he’s beginning to get the hang of acting. Of course, the m material has improved but he was too green and they lost a great opportunity to have a powerhouse young actor come in (like Brian Craig) and play Patch and Kayla’s kid. You were easy on Days in 2016. It was the absolute worst show from mid-March until November when Abby returned. Griffith ruined every character new and old that he touched with his horrible stories. I will say that since November it’ has been the best of the four shows on and I’ve watched every day. Suddenly, it’s being written like Knots Landing meets classic Marland Guiding Light meets Pat Faulken Smith’s days…not quite but it’s been firing mostly on all cylinders; and the costumes, lighting, sets and actors have all improved. Kudos. But we’ve been down this road before with Higley and Corday. It never lasts. GH needs to pare down the stories and focus on three main and two lesser stories and cut the fat. Way too many characters. It’s overkill. And enough of Alexis. Nancy has been chewing the sets for six months. Done, over it. Julian is not redeemable no matter what. Stop making heroes out of criminals. Give Genie a real story.

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    Suz tm replied

    Could not agree more

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  49. Scott (ATWT Fan) says:

    While I tend to agree with you, Michael, I just cannot agree with General Hospital being the best soap. That, to me, belongs to The Young and the Restless because it was never safe, and to me, the latter has been playing it quite safe for the past few months.

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    Yankee fan replied

    Not in 2016.

    GH over Y&R, by a lot.

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Nope. I cannot agree.

    Tucker replied

    “Y & R” sucked chunks in 2016 – what show were YOU watching???

    Thank the soap gods that Phelps & Pratt and their tainted, dark version of Genoa City have left the building!!

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    Scott (ATWT Fan) replied

    Neither Pratt or Phelps were the issue; it was their mindset. I enjoyed their regime(s) at the soap.

  50. Jared says:

    First, I am thrilled that Y&R is morphing back to its traditional look and feel. If you have a short attention span or if you do not appreciate intelligently written character driven drama punctuated by shocking or tragic events now and then, this original Y&R style will not be for you. Times have changed, but the story of us has not changed. Millennials: get used to it; you’re not so special that you know more than those who came before you. Not everything needs to be written to satisfy your demands. Go to your safe places if this bothers you. Stay there while you’re at it.

    Congratulations to Ms. Brown and Mr. Sabato for defying group think, identity politics, and indoctrination to the manipulation of those who pander to “victim” groups, by speaking at the RNC. Hollywood will become increasingly irrelevant and punished by us angry white fly-overs with boycotts if the spoiled out-of-touch “entertainment ” class continues their hypocrisy and prognostications of misguided ignorant political correctness. This is coming from a gay man. Not only straight white men are angry. Buy a vowel, Hollywood. Use a lifeline. You’re losing your audience.

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    k/kay replied

    God bless your soul! You get it and Kudos to you we will trust me have a wonderful year and it will be for all of us not California and New York that is exactly why we have the electoral college so we have a say the people have spoken it is not normal to not want to work I spent all day today in my yard raking leaves cleaning off patio can’t wait to go back to work accomplish something!!!

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    Addison replied

    Funny you should mention short attention spans, Jared, as our president elect has the attention span of a gnat, and he can not read a book or a briefing to save his life. The man does not read….anything. Simple fact–Donald Trump is a scary, racist, misogynistic, uneducated bully who has no impulse control and who is bed buddies with Vladimir Putin. He Tweets the most alarming, ignorant tripe and it is hard to fathom that this man will be our president. As the editor from Vanity Fair says, “He is a short fingered Vulgarian.” This is not about political parties as all my Republican friends are on the same page as I am when it comes to this orange menace from hell. Moreover, I don’t feel those actors were brave to speak at the RNC convention because they had nothing to lose seeing that they have not had an acting gig since the 90s.
    And Hillary won the popular vote by almost 3 million so I do not agree that the electoral collage is really giving folks a say, Kay.
    I do take solace in knowing that Trump will be impeached and voted out of office within two years time.
    That orange monster from hell is not suited for the office of the presidency.
    I do agree with your comments about Y&R, however. But then you took a U turn and you totally lost me.

    Rose replied

    K/Kay…Hoped I had nothing more to say about how I saw this last election and the results. Let’s just say you and several other MF commenters saw/see the future quite differently. But I can help but say the Electoral College was a political deal made to get the Constitution signed. LIke what some see as gun laws, the a Electoral College and as out of date as women not voting. And not fair. It’s like giving an edge to smaller market sports teams on the final outcome when they play teams from larger media markets from California and New York. Just count up the popular votes totals and let them be the score.

    If you look closely at what the a Electoral College is, the members are unknown, unvetted, politically rewarded by their parties, persons who are supposed to be more trusted to pick our State’s votes than the voters themselves. So, not being from a large or small state, my vote and almost 3 million other popular votes that would have given the Dems the presidential election didn’t count. Don’t know about you, but I was brought up that my vote was one of the main pillars of my democratic rights…my vote counted…not some shadowy, electoral,person picked by the states political party.

    What a disillusionment in 2000 (along with hanging chads and vote recounts in a Florida being stopped by the Supreme Court)…and now 2016 when almost 3 million more popular votes didn’t mean anything. Ironic because both parties man the polls during elections to see there are no irregularities. In fact we even spread this kind of democracy in helping countries during their elections to make sure their elections are fair. Ironic again when one of the two things I agree with Trump on is when he said the Electoral a College was a disaster until it gave him the election. FYI..I agree that you shouldn’t send anything confidential by email.

    Just don’t know why some many well meaning people gave him a pass on all of the outrageous things he said during his campaign, and the type of cabinet members, family, and advisors (millionaires & billionaires, conflicts of interest, dubious feelings about other racial, ethnic, etc) he is putting in place. We jump all over our soap stories, writers, and characters for the same and far less.

    And I like to work, too. Will be going in today. But I do wish everyone a positive New Year.

    rebecca1 replied

    LOL! What a bunch of crock! FIrst…no intelligent being votes one way because a celebrity does. Most democrats and/or liberals are highly educated, cultured people. I’m not going to list all the psychological, intellectual traits but suffice to say while it’s nice to “commiserate” and celebrate with musicians/actors/directors/writers etc one admires…they’re not the deciding factor that turns a vote.

    I won’t get sucked into a political debate here (again) but Sabato particularly needs to leave his religious beliefs for his church. The election was not for pope, minister, rabbi. As for not breaking with the “Hollywood” mode…that’s an old cry. Probably a biased one, too. If ANY celeb didn’t want to endorse Hillary they could have voted for the orange tweeting child in private…no one in “Hollywood” would know. So, Sabato didn’t have the courage to speak…he just spewed freely as any voter would. (And, not to be snarky but his career isn’t exactly soaring to begin with.)

    But I digress. It’s not about “pandering” to “victim” groups. It’s about caring about one’s fellow human beings. Not everyone is sitting around looking for a handout. Those who scream, “help thyself” and stop living off our taxes” should walk a mile in the shoes of those who can’t help themselves. People like Trump..who live, literally, in gold gilded palaces, know nothing of struggle, of living paycheck to paycheck…of working for minimum wage. The man doesn’t even pay taxes! I digress again. The point, since you, Jared, raised it…is anyone, famous or not…who voted ia tweeting, pouting child with no experience and an inability to think before speaking/tweeting…who has no knowledge of the world other than his deep pockets…took quite the leap of “faith.” Good Luck to us all….

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  51. Kalamaty says:

    No love for STACY HAIDUK and her riveting portrayal of the long-tormented PATTY WILLIAMS!? Come on!

    She was, hands down, impossible to take your eyes off each time they showed her on screen. She inhabited that role with so much understatement, fragility and ferocity!

    If Haiduk doesn’t get an Emmy nom/win, I will lose my (*##_)@!

    PS: JESS WALTON should have been featured as well. Granted, she hasn’t done much but endlessly needle Billy about his relationship with Victoria, but that woman OWNS the camera when she’s on!

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    jaybird369 replied

    OH, I AGREE!!!!! The fact that THE FABULOUS STACY HAIDUK was overlooked in 2016 is SO UNFAIR!!!!! And, y-e-s, Stacy deserves (at the very least) an Emmy Nomination.

    Here’s hoping……….

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    jaybird369 replied

    Oh, yes…Jess Walton, also. To me, Jess has always been A POWERHOUSE OF AN ACTRESS who knows how to make ANY SCENE that she’s in WORK…PERIOD!!!!!

    HAPPY 2017!!!!!

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    Judy replied

    true happy 2017 its going to be a good Trump won hallaulla

  52. su0000 says:

    Bottom Line;

    Jean and Shelly are absolutely the wrong writers for General Hospital ..
    It was a huge mistake to bring them to GH ..
    Under the two GH has its’ soul and has been taken totally away from what made it great;
    that being; J&S killed GH’s Uniqueness.
    GH stood alone, it was never as the other soaps, not until now, and it is beyond sad/heartbreaking to watch GH being destroyed, stripped of its’ unique identity.

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  53. blake says:

    This is a clusterf*** version of how Soap Opera Digest did their year end of soaps. They even had to throw in politics at the end. Sad.

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  54. Rj says:

    Not in a position to comment on too much here, but I will say every performance I have seen of Billy Flynn has been excellent. He portrays a wide range of emotions realistically and with depth. Always enjoy watching his performances.

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  55. Michael (not Fairman) says:

    I think it really speaks volumes about how far the soaps have fallen in quality that Michael Fairman chose GH as the best soap of the year, and I can’t really disagree with him. If absolutely forced to pick one of the four, I’d have to go with GH, even though I’d be hard-pressed to give it anything better than 5 on a 1-10 scale. It should take more than one B-plus storyline (Morgan’s death) to qualify a show as Best Soap. Not every episode and every storyline on a soap can shine–that’s not realistic–but there should be more than one standout storyline during the year, and the rest of the show should at least be good enough not to detract from the parts that really shone. The ridiculous serial killer storyline alone should have been enough to disqualify GH. And yet if somebody has to win, I can’t argue with the choice.

    But I’d really prefer not to give the award this year–for “Best Show” or “Best Writing.” In my opinion, no soap deserves either one.

    I do think Y&R is well on track to take the prize in both categories in 2017, however. What I’ve seen since the new creative team took over has been quite good. Provided Sony doesn’t decide to change course (again) and muck it all up, I predict a banner year.

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  56. Timmm says:

    No love for Anna or Valentin? Y&R is number one but GH was better in 2016. JT sucks as Billy Abbott. Miller is horrible on GH. Glad MF didn’t show Howarth any love. He is over on GH.

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  57. Rose says:

    Idea for another category since it can involve our soap folk, and can be a soap opera in it’s own right, sometimes making our own genre look tame…best TALK SHOW/ NEWCASTER personalities. Who can forget the Kelly Ripa and what’s- his-name “drama” this year. Betrayal, politics, egos? Or how NBC uncerimounisly dumped Ann Curry a few years ago, where she made her heathfelt goodbye on air (Kleenex box). I caught the Today show this week with “vet” Katie Curic making an appearance with Matt Lauer. Just like old times. Before I was angry with ABCbecause of the the cancellations of AMC and OLTL, I preferred Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer on GMA. But must admit while Katie used to be too perky for me, it was nice seeing her back…just like when they bring some of our soap favorites back for a cameo. And we won’t talk about Billy Bush, he did “take the fall” from NBC for comments I’m sure he wishes he was never a part of.

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    Rose replied

    Add BEST FRIENDS category…Alexis and Diane from GH. Couldn’t help but add them…I always like to see them together like today when they were discussing Alexis going before the law review board to try to get her licence back her.

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  58. vicki says:

    Dear Michael,
    no matter how much you try to sell GH’s line of BS,
    we have the hip waders, shovels and ratings to prove differently
    but thanks for trying….

    and congrats on head cheerleader for GH,
    would really love to read what you really think of their back stage agendas,
    but i guess we got to wait for the book after they go off air?
    shouldn’t be long now, so you really should be writing it.

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  59. Christie says:

    I agree with many of your picks (though I do not watch GH on a regular basis despite it being home to many previous soap favs). The only point on which I disagree is Kate Mansi’s “Abby” replacement. Her acting is not an issue- but I’m not getting any chemistry with this actress and anyone with whom she interacts- and Billy Flynn can generate chemistry with anyone. She is “hard” looking for a Horton- and I just can’t warm to her. Perhaps the chem is TOO good with “Gabi” and “Chad”- and I thought I would hate her not being with “JJ”- but now I want more of her with “Chad”. Was trying to be open minded but it’s not working for me.

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  60. Mary Lou DeVriendt says:

    I agree with a lot, and disagree with a little, but one sentence that made me stand and cheer – “Jane Elliot is divine.” She just amazes me over and over.

    Deimos was all over the place, but I would watch Vincent Irizarry read the phone book, so what can I say?

    I am ecstatic that GH brought back Michael Easton. They hit the bull’s eye with Finn. He is so quirky and fun, and Easton’s performance is perfect. His chemistry with Rebecca Budig is off the charts, and the Finn/Hayden story is one of my favorite parts of GH. Add Jane Elliot interacting with these two, and it’s pure gold.

    I miss Michael E. Knight! He is one of my all time favorites. I was so excited that he would be back on my screen, but the story and character Y&R gave him were blah. What a waste! Y&R really blew it.

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    Abruzzfan replied

    @Mary Lou – I also miss Michael E. Knight! He brought a spark to Y&R.

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  61. Paul says:

    BEST SOAP is general hospital?! Seriously? Can the people behind all these blogs please stop praising where praise is not deserved? The writers over at GH are conceiving dumb stories after dumb stories and it’s painful to watch.

    Not one soap deserved BEST SOAP! Y&R, my longtime favorite was horrible and boring to watch. From the writers turning Victor into a rapist by PAYMENT to then making it seem as though Phyllis liked it TO B&B constantly telling the same overall story about love triangles etc. Days still hasn’t figured out what’s good to tell to GH telling repeat stories and having Sonny cry over his son is dead while all his family and the cops ignore what we all were told and shown that SONNY planted the bomb/Franco becoming a viable character to so many other dumb scenarios.

    Not one soap deserves the top prize or writing! Actors, YES. Daytime has the best actors who are sadly saddled with repeat hack writers.

    Sorry. Honest

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    Mark Y replied

    I agree with you. Victor hiring the Jack Lookalike and its consequences have been swept under the rug by all parties too quickly.

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  62. Tani Sterling says:

    Always too late. Only a one soap viewer: Young and the Restless. Also a recorded viewer which is why my comments are always too late.

    Confused about the praise for new Billy. Agreed with the preamble to his appearance. I wrote praises regarding that. Then his introduction took time to take. I found no chemistry with Phyllis, and thought he should be playing an evil spot. However, as sometimes happens, now I find his chemistry with Victoria believable,
    and perhaps it is that one doesn’t just like “bad people.”

    The movement of watching is more relaxing. Sometimes I find not fast forwarding during the adds. The old Abbott dining room was a good start, but not the same. However, the Christmas decorations were lovely. Decorations in the various venues seemed to represent that home, that family, or that spot. Think I saw a couple of bathrooms. Fun!

    I remain awaiting storyline evolvement and agree an adjustment of the characters is taking place.

    What I feel comfortable with commenting on at this time is: please find a good sport for Mariah. Sharon was held captive, given drugs, believed the baby was hers and to top it off is bio-polar. — for heaven’s sake, give the gal a break.

    Love Gloria.

    Give Nick and Chelsea more and more time to decide.

    For me, the kid’s are a kick. Let them screw up ( not often of course.)

    Nikki’s hairdresser and stylist are doing much better.

    For two years Victor had seemed to evolve almost into the devil. Don’t know where you are taking him but please don’t rank him back and forth.

    You are right with the key players, but I find Noah, Mariah, Keven, becoming key.

    I didn’t find chemistry between Jack and Phyllis either. Kelly had more, but her storyline was don’t let me start what they did to that wonderful actress.

    The program has so many talented actors. Forgive the names I use: Hillary is a spectacular actor.

    Wrote more than I thought. HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

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  63. Lee says:

    GH- You can’t tell me Sonny would even “think” he slept with a “Kid” AND it’s looking like she is family??
    Love Michael Easton and his humor. More Christina, get rid of Nelle. Hayley Erin good recast as Kiki. If they bring back Morgan, get a new actor! More of Jane Elliot please!
    DOOL- Don’t like new Abby, no chemistry with Chad, he is terrific. Really don’t like the girls playing Ciara and Claire. Never have liked Martha M. who now plays Belle, glad she’s gone. Love John-Paul Lavoisier, he wasn’t given a chance before he was let go.
    B&TB – If you’ll notice Brooke hardly responds, she has no lines to say when men are falling all over her, then goes to commercial. Don’t like her and can’t figure out why men can’t resist her?? Quinn is good for Eric, he now has a backbone and speaks up. Ridge is a pain in the butt and Steffy is a brat.
    TYATR- Jason Thompson great replacement as Billy. Sharon Case….PLEASE do something with her hair, at least cut it the same length, maybe a Bob cut? Abby should go… somewhere??

    Favorite Soaps Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. Bye.

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    tskyent replied

    DOOL? how do you call that acting?

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  64. Brett says:

    Seriously – GH best soap and best writing? I would vote it worst in both categories. I also don’t see Michael Easton getting another role as a good thing, it just makes the show an even bigger joke than it already is.

    I also don’t think Y&R’s 11000th episode was all that great.

    I agree that Y&R has potential for 2017 but I also think Days does, the team have been doing a good job lately.

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    Patrick replied

    “… I also don’t see Michael Easton getting another role as a good thing ”

    now that a cure has been found…. and he can lovingly put his ex-wife laid to rest.

    as he spouts to Tracy… Hayden has brought me back… Hayden has given me life

    H – a – t -e – m

    MIchael Easton : I believe is a limited character… with no real channels to emerge beyond what we’ve already bore witness

    the only character ME has any tangible recourse.. is with Tracy.
    he can bicker and enamor enough with Monica and Dr. O.

    that’s it. he’s done…. outside of now being promoted to top doc @GH… to give him… what ? legit : Hayden … OK i’ll go their.. is a demanding character… and like AMC… she had it made… with Josh Duhamel.

    she’s going to get bored… with Finn… once the syrup dries up… and the spoken word dives…

    it sure aint going to happen in bed

    thus, perhaps … since the writers do not have it in them to cull him Rebecca Buddig time @AMC. then we’d be on to something….

    IF … ( it is so obvious ) that Frank jean and shelley ARE CATERING to RB

    this trio has it in them to attempt another venture down the road as resident bad ass.

    then go their… let’s see Hayden out for fun…. adultress, party girl, bitch, take no prisoners… leaves her ego at the door… and/or … she needs to be teamed with Curtis

    Curtis has all the right accoutrement… stud … bod… ENERGY to hire Hayden as his sidekick… as the NEW resident super sleuth detectives… this is where the fun and good times can be….

    @GH. FIRE Jason and Sam… time for this show to step up to the plate and just give this couple the heave ho…. LEAVE TOWN.

    Neither Finn or Hayden are needed. which just speaks volume that the behind the scenes do not care; that fan response matters

    Michael Easton : debuted – March 21, 2016
    Rebecca Budig: debuted – March 20, 2015.

    9 months have since passed.. and nothing… no growth… no reason to care… no reason to become attached to either or

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    tskyent replied

    You are one hundred percent right! a waste of air space! Sam & Jason have nothing! He left a job for these writers to do this to him!They should be fired! I feel like they are changing a icon soap! Be gone!!

  65. Allen Saint James says:

    From my own personal perspective
    General Hospital was the best its been in a long while this last half of 2016. In the very least Gh has been reconnected to the some core elements of soap opera. Frankly i dont watch a television drama for comedy. When soap opera love I watch feel watch to cry and find the

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  66. Jay Trotter says:

    General Hospital

    The top 30 most memorable moments of 2016 (good, bad, happy, sad, funny, dramatic, shocking) and the main ones that have kinda stuck with me. In no particular order……

    Morgan stepping out of the car and then it exploding blowing him to bits.

    Carly screaming to Sonny “you killed him” and smashing Morgan’s picture on the floor.

    Nik and Hayden going to sleep in the same bed with knives in their hands.

    Kristina opening the door to Parker, which turned out to be a woman.

    Laura ripping into Valentin for killing Nik like she was having a out of body experience.

    Anna and Duke’s last tango together after the Nurses Ball.

    Julian’s insane reaction to Alexis betraying him by wearing the wire.

    Griffin revealing that he is a priest to Anna and Sonny when they were arguing about last rights for Carlos.

    Felix saying goodbye to Sabrina and flashing back to all the good times they shared.

    Ned, Dillon, Michael, and Monica watching from a distance as Tracy is wheeled into surgery.

    Ned/Emma and Dillon/Kiki singing together at the Nurses Ball.

    Jason doing his best Incredible Hulk impression, by breaking through the chair with his arms while handcuffed.

    Michael completely shredding Kiki in the aftermath of Morgan’s death.

    Ava’s tear covered, mascara dripping face, and guilty outburst to Morgan’s death.

    Drunk Kristina snarking with the supportive Molly at Perks.

    Theo Hart revealing to everyone that he is Valentin Cassadine.

    Liz and Hayden’s hair pulling, wrestling match at Wydemere.

    Carly throwing the guns into the pier and lashing out at Sonny after Kiki got shot.

    Nik faking his death that night, the bloody sight of him on the rocks

    The perfectly choreographed fight scene between Anna and Carlos that night on the pier.

    Nina and Franco’s final breakup scene when she told him that she’s outgrown him.

    Julian stabbing Carlos in the stomach and wiping the blood off the dagger.

    Hayden giving Finn his medicine in jail and rubbing the back of his head to calm him when he was shaking and trembling.

    Laura declaring her love to Kevin after he did the same to her.

    Jason beating the hell out of Nik at Wydemere and punching Curtis when he tried to break it up.

    Morgan’s reaction to Carly and Sonny having him committed to mental hospital.

    Jason and Sam being blown off the porch when Liz’s house exploded.

    Paul’s reunion with his catatonic daughter Susan at the hospice.

    Griffin convincing Sonny at the church to call off the hit.

    Ava crawling into the hospital bed with Kiki and singing to her a lullaby.

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  67. tskyent says:

    I agree on the comments on Tyler & Genie ” Icons” Enough said! They were so over looked!! The soap was not started on Sonny & Carly! “Check” These writers are trying to change a soap that has been on for 50 plus yrs! Iv’e been watching everyday for 27 yrs and on and off for 35! They have 10 stories going on at once…that makes no sense!!! New writers are needed to make it out of 2017

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